Tuesday, November 13, 2012

pizzeria delfina - san francisco, ca

3611 18th street
san francisco, ca 94110

stop number one on a three night bay area eating tour that included almost fifteen eateries and nine michelin stars was 18th street in san francisco's mission district. the first of my three targets was pizzeria delfina, a seven year old space next door to the popular italian restaurant simply called delfina. pizzeria delfina features pizzas inspired by chef craig stoll's favorite new york style pies along with the neapolitan offerings in naples.
reviews on yelp informed me that wait times were often long given the restaurants popularity and small size, so to combat this, we arrived at an off hour (3pm). the indoor space was indeed quite small yet very appealing visually, with a chalkboard menu, eames eiffel chairs, and a mural running along one of the walls. luckily for us there was a table for four available outside, and given the beautiful weather we jumped at the chance to dine al fresco.
spicy cauliflower - garlic, capers, breadcrumbs, calabrian chilies 

the cauliflower was a fantastic start to our meal with subtle heat from chilies and added weight from the breadcrumbs. this is a must order if you like cauliflower.

prosciutto pie - prosciutto di parma, caciocavallo, mozzarella, panna, arugula

crispy crust with a somewhat softer center, savory meats, mild cheese, and bitter greens. this was a huge hit.

margherita - tomato, fior di latte mozzarella, basil

while not as good as the prosciutto, the margherita was a great interpretation of the style. the crust here was much more moist in the center than the prosciutto. note that both pies arrived pre-cut.

while i will admit that one of the main reasons i chose pizzeria delfina was its close proximity to two other must try spots on my list, i still went in with pretty high expectations and honestly our experience at pizzeria delfina really couldn't have been much better. the pizzas were both great as expected, and the cauliflower was an unexpected treat. as for the service, everyone was extremely friendly, with one of the servers being very informative when asked what the best/most scenic route to napa valley would be. add to all of this the fact that just about every song played overhead could be found on my ipod and you have a place i would return to in a heartbeat.
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