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Celeste | Jul 26, 200505:31 PM

I managed to try Pizzeria Delfina for lunch today.

The flavor of everything we ate was very very good - we had a special salad of chioggia beets, ricotta salata and arugula, the marinated anchovies, and then the broccoli rabe/ricotta pizza and the margherita pizza with pepperoni added.

The crusts on the two pizzas were noticeably different - the broccoli rabe and ricotta pizza's toppings were plentiful and dense, so the crust on this pizza was noticeably thicker and doughier than the the margherita, which was very thin and blistered/crunchy. I preferrred the latter crust, but the toppings on the former.

While everything tasted delicious, I found much of the portioning to be small to the point of being amusing. The salad, while tasty, had maybe 8-10 small arugula leaves, six tiny beet wedges and some nubs of ricotta salata. I just kind of stared at the plate when it first came because I could not believe how small it was. The anchovies were similarly spare. Finally, after paying $3 to add pepperoni to the margherita, there was one veeeery small (diameter of a quarter) pepperoni bit on each slice of pizza. In all, I thought this took California minimalism a little far. The price of lunch was around the cost of Pizzetta 211, but I felt the portions overall for similar items were much smaller and the value, especially for the salad, was not quite there.

Don't get me wrong... I'll go back. The fresh ricotta on the broccoli pizza was incredibly delicious, and everything tasted as good as could be. But I was a little disappointed in the spartan nature of portioning. We shared all of the above for three people, and I was definitely still hungry at the end.

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