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Piu di Pizzaiola

oakjoan | Jul 19, 200511:41 PM

Went tonight for the first time. Got there about 6:15 and were seated right away. I chose to sit in the window, facing Telegraph. This decision was made without much thought, as the sun was in my eyes most of the meal.

We ordered a salad of little gem lettuces, cucumber and egg. We also ordered a pizza. The salad took a while to come (15 min.), but was delicious and refreshing.

Then the wait began...We waited for the pizza for at least a half hour. All this time, the people sitting next to us were being pampered by the owner or one of the chefs (couldn't tell). Moments after they sat down (we'd been waiting for about 10 minutes at that point), they were served a hot appetizer - deep-fried, crispy balls of something. They were ooohing and ahhing.

After about 15 min. we got our salad. The couple next door had no sooner finished their crispy deals when a veggie dish with cauliflower showed up. It looked realy good, but maybe that was only because we'd waited so long.

Next, they get a pizza (which looked glorious although it had potatoes on it which I usually don't fancy much). We're still waiting for ours. They had finished their pizza before we got ours, and then the chef came over and told them about the goodies he was bringing them for dessert.

I must say that the pizza was one of the best I've ever had. It was the sausage/onion/tomato/cheese one. The crust was perfect, too.

Next door they're exclaiming about the fabulous strawberries they've just gotten. Then they get some ice cream dish and coffee.

We are a bit miffed and decide we're going to pass on dessert ourselves.

When the waitress brings the check, however, she says "We didn't charge you for the salad because you had to wait so long." Well, that certainly went a long way towards making everything ok.

I know it was a complete coincidence that the people at the next table knew the chef, but something like that tends to put a damper on the evening.

Their pizza certainly outdoes anything I've had in the East Bay. It'll be hard going back to our old, bottom of the hill stand-by, Arizmendi after that.

The restaurant is very nicely laid out and looks pretty. Hope this is only early days, working out the kinks kind of stuff.

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