2355 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA
Whenever I am in a city with great pizza, I make sure to eat as much of it as I can while I am there. San Francisco has a great pizza scene and I managed to eat at Pizzeria Delfina and A16 on this trip. (I note that Foodosophy member almatonne recently covered Pizzeria Delfina here.)
The pizza here is a thing of beauty – leopard-spotted from the intense heat of their wood fired oven. I had the baby octopus and clam pizza tonight. The crust was near perfect (though not quite as perfect as the crust at Pizzeria Delfina) and the toppings were well seasoned and well balanced.
A16 actually has two ovens – one is reserved for some of their other dishes. Nearly all their cooked food spends at least a bit of time in these ovens. Of note on this visit was a very minimally prepared green chili peppers – some olive oil, the peppers and sea salt…then the oven performs its magic.
I find it hard to write about pizza at a different city without falling back to my usual lament: why can’t we get good pizza in Vancouver?