a few of us gathered wed. night for a clandestine meeting at the tiny and adorable pizzetta 211 on 23rd ave at california.
we started our meal with a tiny bowl of mixed olives, a farm salad made with very fresh organic greens and a suppossedly balsamic vin, tho we all thot the acidity of the vinegar suggested rice rather than balsamic, and an heirloom tomato, feta and basil salad. the tomatoes we perfectly ripe and the riot of colors was a feast for the eyes.
for main courses we began with the belfiore ricotta, redwood hill goat cheese and tomato sauce calzone and the tomato, mozz, and basil pizzetta with white anchovies. the pizzetta has a very thin, crispy crust with fresh sauce and delicate white anchovies. the calzone had a very flavorful thick crust, cooked well, it was "the cheesiest", again the brilliant tomato sauce a perfect counterpoint to the creamy cheeses.
we ordered the Rosemary, fiori sardo sheepcheese and pine nut pizzetta next and were all delighted with the combination of rich flavors. the scent of the rosemary waifted around the table as we lingered over our slices.
dessert was so lovely sitting on cake plates at the bitsy little bar that we couldn't resist. first up was the specail of the day, an almond polenta cake, not too dense, full of almond flavor and the gentle crunch of just the right amount of polenta, accompanied by soft whipped cream and ripe, sweet sliced strawberries.
the other cake was a sharfenberger chocolate flourless cake which put other flourless cakes we'd had lately to shame. the ground nuts added a welcome hit to the dense texture and the flavor of the dark, fragrant chocolate was well balanced and not overpowering as sharfenberger can sometimes be.
we also enjoyed the saffron biscotti with a glass of vin santo to dip into. tho the flavor of the saffron was undetectible the cookies were quite good and were eaten up quickly.
we had the pleasure of sipping an 8 year old zinfandel with our meal which was mellow and full of bright berry flavors. this bottle was brought in by one of us, i didn't check on the corkage.
they do offer wine (a wine, name unmentioned) by the glass and by the bottle ($16).
the space is tiny, seating 16 at tables and 4 at the counter. the kitchen in open lending a feeling of great intimacy to the space.
they do have about 4 tables outside on the sidewalk, each seating 2 or 3. you could tell by the way the staff greeted people as they walked in this is definately a neighborhood joint.
we enjoyed every morsel and will definitely add pizzetta to our list of hidden treasures to remember.
211 23rd ave at california