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Larkspur - Picco, piadine, olive oil soft serve redux

rworange | Oct 25, 2005 02:37 AM

I hesitate to put the word pizza in the subject line with all the debate that can bring. However, all of those discussions along with Michael Bauer's review of Picco Pizzaria on Sunday, pushed me finally into trying it.

Between the link below to some Chowhound posts and Bauer's review, I can't say anything better. However, some of the complaints in the old posts seem to be corrected. I guess they needed time to work things out and did since Bauer calls it the best pizza in the Bay Area and worth it for him to drive 17 miles from home.

I'm not going to get into that since I'm no pizza expert. I went for Bauer's favorite piadine the Huffy which he describes like a "BLT with strips of translucent housemade pancetta."

There is also some fresh mozzarella on this piadine which isn't mentioned.

The pancetta part attracted me as well as never having a piadine which is a salad on top of a pizza crust. Even though this sounded a bit repulsive, it is actually quite nice - sort of like a pita sandwich.

It does come looking like a regular pizza (see Melanie's picture below on another variety on the menu ... mine had no sauce). However you pick up the piece and fold it in half and eat it like a sandwich ... the pita comparison.

In Melanie's post below she mentions the crust being overdone, since it needs to be pliable enough to fold and not crack. It was perfect this time. Even the pieces I took home (it was a big pie), were still soft and the crust tender.

That pancetta, looking like long curly, crispy strips of bacon, was exceptional. Even though the portion was generous, 2 - 3 pieces per slice, if I order this again, I'd pay extra to double the amount it is so good. People who passed by were asking what the swell looking dish was.

It was a lot of pizza. think four pita sandwiches. Two people could easily be filled and it could even be shared by up to four ... but maybe not. Hard not to have only one slice.

Reading about ice cream / olive oil combos, not only on this board but other Chowhound boards, I needed to try it.

Yeah, gotta disagree with Bauer and another Chowhound post on this one. Don't think this combo will every replace chocolate on ice cream. All I can say is that it wasn't offensive or horrible, which is what I was anticipating.

I quickly ate the olive oil and salt so I could concentrate on that lovely Strauss soft serve. Whatever problems were reported on this before, this time it was perfectly smooth and delicous.

As I was eating it a family came out and the dad had the soft serve coated with chocolate. He stops dead and says to the family "OMG, you have to try this. It's so good". Everybody oohed and ahhed. I thought "shut up" fuming a little with my olive oil selection. Next time. Gotta try the caramel topping.

This is a real popular place for kids and families.

I really like the place. On a cold night the inside counter is warm and cozy. Very nice wines by the glass. Oh, really cool ... I ask the guy taking the order what wine would go best with the piadine I ordered and he knew ... ok ... a knowledgable staff.

Reading Melanie's post, two things stuck with me ... the heat and the olive oil description. I cannot imagine being in there on a hot day. Hopefully it has some air conditioning now for those days. Otherwise someone needs to call the SPCS - Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Staff.

Peeked in on Picco restaurant next ddor. It looks lovely and cozy. They have a nice little room with a big window that has a private dining table for 12 if anyone has that requriement in the future.

Michael Bauer on Picco and Delfina

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

Image: http://home.earthlink.net/~melaniewon...

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