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Went to Pizzeria Delfina last night

schwantz | Jul 19, 200512:29 PM

We got there around 6pm, and we got the second-to-last table outside, in the chilly Mission mist (no heat lamps or awning yet). We ordered the eggplant caponata, two pizzas, and a cannolo.

The eggplant was delicious - roasted pine nuts and capers rounded out the dish, and we cleaned the plate.

The pizzas were AWESOME. We got a Margherita and a ricotta with broccoli rabe. The crust was near-perfect - crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle. The sauce on the Margherita was PERFECT - tangy, but sweet, without any bitterness or metallic taste. My only complaints (and believe me, these are SUPER-minor) is that the crust was a bit too salted, and that it could have been burnt a bit more - but that's a matter of taste. They serve the pizzas with a dish of chili flakes, shredded cheese, and dried branches of oregano, all of which we sprinkled on our pizzas. Both of the groups sitting with us outside (East Coasters, and self-pronounced pizza connaisseurs) pronounced it "better than A16" and the best pizza in the Bay Area. I'm not sure about that (I like the bit of burn that A16 puts on their crust), but it was definitely great. Again - a matter of taste.

By the time we got our food, there was a large crowd (some waiting for tables, some waiting for their to-go orders). I asked our waiter if they were going to do delivery, and he laughed and shook his head - they are going to have their hands full keeping up with eat-in and to-go. Plus, this pizza really needs to be eaten right away. I don't even know how good it would be by the time it got home - I would be tempted to just park-'n-scarf it on the side of the road.

The Cannolo was also pretty great. It had orange zest and mint in the ricotta. The wrapper was crispy and thin, and it had obviously been freshly-filled to-order. It had crushed pistachios on either end.

The total for all this, plus two beers and two glasses of wine, came to around $56, without tip. Not bad for the quality. We paid for our pizza chowdown later, however, as our stomachs started hurting around 10pm. I can't really blame that on PD, since we really did eat more than we should have. A couple Tums cleared it up anyway.

One more word of advice - get there early - It looks like it's gonna be a major scene. Hopefully they will open a couple branches, because they are already overloaded on the second day.


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