Pizzeria Delfina (San Francisco)

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  1. gradientdescent

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    This local pizzeria consistently exceeds expectations and produces tastier pies that you're likely to find anywhere else in the US, except perhaps NYC, and even better than most tourist-friendly pizzerias in Italy. The crust is consistently chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. The menu is largely seasonal: expect pizzas with winter chicories this time of year, along with their antipasto of fried cauliflower with capers, breadcrumbs, and peppers.

    Having eaten here perhaps 50 times, it's hard to pick a favorite, but sure fire hits include the Salsiccia (house-made fennel sausage, peppers) and the Broccoli Rabe pie with olives and peppers. The wines include a great selection of Aglianicos: Donnaluna, Fidelis, Grifalco, etc.

    Can't go wrong with this place, except they don't take reservations and you'll probably have to wait unless you eat off-peak. Two locations:

    2406 California Street, San Francisco - (415) 440-1189
    3611 18th Street, San Francisco - (415) 437-6800

     
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    way overrated IMHO....for the price at least....for me it's Arinell or South Beach Cafe all the way...save me from annoying yuppies ....:)
     
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  3. mjm

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    What she said multiplied by a million. Arinell, born and raised (Berkeley side though :) )
     
  4. kwai
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    What's this Arinell? It's Arnell's.... isn't it? Valencia location thank you. Great for absorbing those drinks.
     
  5. squeakrad
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    no its Arinell's
     
  6. mjm

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    As she said. :)

    I dropped an "S", whops. Still my favorite pizza with or without the "S".
     
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    While Bay Area pizza tends to be pretty lame, I prefer Zachary's, or now that I'm on the Peninsula, Paxti's.
     
  8. gradientdescent

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    True, I should have clarified: apologies for the omission.

    If you want actual pizza (as in, the Napoli version from the late 19th century), your best bets in San Francisco are most definitely Pizzeria Delfina, Una Pizza Napoletana, or Pizzetta 211. Hot ovens, top-notch ingredients, and excellent dough. I don't care who's sitting at the table next to me if I'm eating one of these pies.

    If you grew up with the notion that any piece of dough covered with cheese and tomatoes can be considered a "pizza", you have many options in the Bay Area, as suggested in this thread. These pies are great for "absorbing drinks" and filling up your belly. I don't mind eating the occasional piece of Zachary's, Patxi's, or Little Star... but I certainly wouldn't recommend them to out-of-town visitors.

    Am glad you folks are sticking to your pizza roots; less time for me trying to get a table at my favorite pizzerias!
     
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    I love Tony's in China Town, or A16 and their house made salumi...
     
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    That is a tasty looking pie.
     
  12. Kalboz
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    Compare that to the pie found at Arinell's
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  13. techguru
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    Kind of looks like a greasy mess
     
  14. Bay Pisco Shark
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    Zachary's isn't pizza. It is a stuffed pie, not even Chicago style.
     
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    Ah, my old stomping grounds on Valencia at 16th.
     
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    Well I prefer A16 - but the parking for either A16 or Delfina are both tough ;(
     

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