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Gialina report - off night?

tvham | Aug 3, 2009 07:45 PM

I finally got a chance to try Gialina and must say I was disappointed in our meal. For comparison on my pizza taste, my favs in the Bay Area are A16, Pizzeria Delfina, Pizzeria Picco and Pizzetta 211. Now, last night's meal:

First off, we ordered two starters for the table: the Leaf Lettuces with peaches, goat cheese & pistachios was fantastic. Even though it came in two sizes, the smaller version was perfect for four people to share. Our other starter was the Burrata w/ balsamic Torpedo onions, crostini & arugula. I'm a huge fan of burrata and am sad to report this was probably the worst burrata I've ever tasted. It lacked the creaminess associated with most burrata and I even got a couple of dry bites that tasted like the big ball of mozzarella that you can find in any old supermarket.

On to the pizza - I always like to get a Margherita to see what a kitchen can do with the most basic of ingredients. Once again, I was disappointed. The pizza was very dry and not very flavorful at all. On the other hand, the Sweet Italian Sausage w/ tomato, red onions & aged provolone pie was great.

I had an Affogato for dessert and while tasty, the amount of ice cream I got in my cup was pitiful. The rest of our table split the Housemade Watermelon Italian Ice and it received a big 'meh' across the board.

So there you have it...a bit lackluster meal across the board. If I lived in the neighborhood I would probably give Gialina another shot but since it's a hike for me to get there I doubt I'll be returning.

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