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A16 - My Homage to BURRATA

Niki Rothman | Dec 19, 200507:01 PM

On Friday I had my first of many, I hope, lunches at A16 (2355 Chestnut). I actually enjoyed the pizza. And that's saying a lot. I miss New York pizza so very deeply...A16's pie is thin, yet pliable and rubbery in a very good way, with proper big bubbles, not cracker-like at all (Are you listening Arinell/Delfina?). Yes the pizza WAS the best I've had in SF and the $9 - $13.50 price seems fair. But I still prefer ToTo's - very close to NY style pie. On the Penninsula (El Camino). However, convenience-wise A16 is closer to my SF 'hood. Only one bus ride away - so I shall return, and soon.

I liked the pizza at A16, but I LOVED the burrata! Well, I knew I liked prosciutto. Yes, it's very tasty indeed. But what is burrata? Cheese. Ham. Bread. Olive oil. So what's the big deal? Synergy = the whole is more than the sum of the parts. Poetry: creamy milky porky dreamy! I even like saying that word. "Boo - Ra - Tah!" It's fresh, semi-liquified at room temperature mozzarella (unfortunately, a sort of skimpy serving for 2 people. We wanted/needed MORE of that dreamy cheese - next time I'll ask for more and pay the premium), and a fair sized pile of absolutely fabulous PROSCIUTTO! This is the BEST prosciutto I've ever eaten (San Daniele brand). Forget the 2 tiny rock hard crusts they stick on the plate with it like some afterthought. Make a few of the best little open faced sandwiches you ever put in your mouth from ham and cheese that have made their leap toward immortality & thick slices from the generous basket of moist chewy whole grain bread, and the best olive oil I ever tasted (deep note of banana of all things!). $8 is a very fair price for a little bit of heaven.

AND for only $2 you can get a generous plate of arugula to go with the burrata - a perfect green, yet rich flavored, contrast to all that unctuousness. Just pour on some of that weird but wonderful banana scented flourescent green olive oil and ask for a lemon wedge and you've got salad. They told me the arugula is intended to go on top of the pizza, but I did it my way.

Burrata - I love you!

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