Tagged: Pizza Joints

Jul 18

Gialina Pizzeria, One Word: OMGoodness

I read about Gialina Pizzeria on SF Weekly‘s article, ‘San Francisco’s Top Five Pizzerias’, so I had pizza on my mind for dinner! We decided to order pizza on our relaxing Friday night. Because they may not take orders during their peak hours, we ordered at 5:30pm for a 6:00pm pick up.  But really,  how busy can this place possibly be? When we got there for our pick up, there were people lingering outside waiting for seats! YES, at 6:00pm, Gialina Pizzeria was PACKED! So yes, if you do go, bring your patience, and if you plan to order, order early.

When we got home, we couldn’t wait to open up the boxes and devour, the pizza smell in the car was making us hungry! Of course we ordered two, we first tried the Margherita with tomato, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil! Our first bite made our eyes pop out, and our first words were ‘holy crap this is sooo good!’  The tomato sauce was out of this world, it was not tangy, not too sweet, just perfect with the cheese! I personally love thin pizza and I am not a fan of crust, but this was not any crust, it was thin bubbly crunchy crust. And then it was time for the Amatriciana with tomato, pancetta, spicy chillies, oregano, pecorino and topped with a farm egg. Yes, a farm egg on top, this pizza was pretty, it put a smile on our face. The ingredients for the Amatriciana were stronger, the taste of pancetta and the hint of spice were popping in our mouths! We shared the farm egg and it changed the taste by adding a unique balance to the ingredients.

I am so glad we read about this place, we were happy with every bite, I can’t wait to return for more!

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May 23

Goat Hill Pizza, A Neighborhood Pizza Joint!

Goat Hill Pizza has been around for a long time and quite a few of my friends have recommended it.  I’ve always wanted to try it and finally had a chance yesterday! We had a group of 8, arrived an hour before closing on a Sunday night, and they were very welcoming and a table was set quickly.

For appetizers, we ordered the Hot Wings and Caprese Salad, they were both good, fresh and simple. For the pizza, we got ourselves the Special Combination and Meat Lover’s! The Special Combination featured A LOT – salami, pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, mushrooms, green bell peppers, green onions, black olives and garlic! The Meat Lover’s featured salami, pepperoni and Italian sausage!

Okay, both of them looked a bit oily, but hey, it’s pizza! With all the toppings, you would think that the pizza was soggy, but as I took a bite,  it was completely crunchy and crispy on the bottom. The sourdough crust was covered with bits of cornmeal from the bottom to the crust! I loved it! I personally love New York style thin crust pizza, Goat Hill Pizza is not like New York pizza by any means, but it is pretty damn good!

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Mar 26

A Night at Candybar

Yesterday we had last minute dinner plans and decided to go to a restaurant near Candybar so that we could go there for some desserts afterwards.  I got to Candybar early so that I could catch up with my friend who owns the place.  I arrived when they just opened and as I sat, people just kept coming in, it was super busy. I never knew people enjoyed desserts and wine at 6:00pm, but they apparently do.  I told my friend that we were planning to have dinner at Little Star Pizza around the block and will return afterward, he then let me know that we could actually order Little Star Pizza and eat it at Candybar, he even had the menu there! It turns out they do this often. It worked out perfectly, we just called for our pizza, picked it up and brought it back to enjoy,  they gave us plates and silverware for our dinner, we were all set!

It was actually my first time having Little Star Pizza, I’ve heard great reviews and was excited to try it! We ordered the fresh organic mixed greens served with cherry tomatoes, red bells, red onions, gorgonzola cheese and chopped walnuts, tossed with a housemade vinaigrette dressing and the large 12″ Classic Deep Dish Pizza topped with sausage, mushrooms, onions, green bells and lots of tomato sauce! The food was all sooo good, the pizza was very saucy and I really liked the little crunchy cornmeal bits too!

Then it was time for dessert! Candybar has an extensive dessert menu and everything sounds delightful! For those who cannot decide. they offer a ‘Dessert for Two’ Option,  featuring a selection of four desserts for $25.00 which is a great deal! We  tasted the Chocolate Financier Cake served with frozen Bavarian cream, cranberry sauce, almonds, breton crumble/the Japanese Cheesecake served with graham cracker streusel, honeydew, champagne granita, guava sorbet/the Strawberry Limeade featuring strawberry mousse, vanilla cake, calamansi cream, strawberries/the Buttermilk Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta featuring cocoa macaron, balsamic strawberry reduction, strawberries/the Lavender Honey Creme Fraiche Semi Freddo featuring almond brittle, nutella powder, cantaloupe/and the Lemon Tart featuring Frozen Meringue, Coconut Macaroon, Coconut Snow!

Creative and innovative, every dessert and it’s complementary ingredients blended together perfectly, from the guava sorbet, almond brittle, coconut snow to the frozen Bavarian cream, all these elements were an unexpected surprise. How much did we enjoy it, take a look at the photo on the bottom right, that’s how much we enjoyed it!  For those who love desserts, you must pay Candybar a visit!

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