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Recent visit by an L.A. hound

DrHowie | Nov 1, 2008 10:35 AM

During a recent weekend visit really enjoyed 2 places that were new to us. We had a wonderful lunch at Pesce, a seafood tapas place. 5 of us shared a fairly large number of dishes and everything was very good. Among what we had, the standouts were the scallops, the grilled sardine salad, the octopus salad, the tuna tartare and the baccala. Service was pleasant and helpful . I highly recommend this place, at least for lunch. We had dinner at Pizzaiolo in Oakland. Perhaps the best pizza I've ever had. Luckily we had a reservation, because the place was packed. Our waitress was very professional, made excellent recommendations. We began with their very good caesar salad, better than most, and with a roasted wild mushroom dish that was very tasty. But the pizzas were the highlight: one with pecorino and nettles, one with sweet and hot peppers and pancetta which we customized with an egg, and the chefs surprise (they call it Al Pizzaiolo) which changes day to day and that night was baby clams and garlic. They were all amazing: perfect crusts, exactly correct amount of toppings. We tried some desserts, too. Pluot ice cream had the essence of the pluot, one of my favorite fruits. A cornmeal based honey cake served as sort of a strawberry shortcake was also delicious. The wine list is interesting and fairly priced. These pizzas in my opinion were better than the ones served at Pizzeria Mozza in L.A. and that's saying something. Seems every time we visit S.F. we discover a new and wonderful place, can't wait to visit again.

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