January 24, 2009

Perfect Pizza in San Francisco

In my opinion, pizza is one of the most perfect foods. That said, not all pies are created equal. The ultimate pizza is freshly made, comprised of good, natural ingredients, have a thin, crispy crust, and are not overwhelmed with too many spices or flavors. In other words, the classic pizza margherita – a perfect balance of simplicity and elegance.

While very few restaurants can create the quintessential pizza; those that do are in high demand. Pizzeria Delfina in San Francisco is one of these spots. The original restaurant is a small cafe tucked away on 18th Street between the Castro and Mission neighborhoods. On most evenings, groups of diners awaiting their turn fill the sidewalk. (Recently a second location opened near the intersection of California Street in the Pacific Heights neighborhood.)

I have read about and driven by Delfina and Pizzeria Delfina several times, but have not eaten at either until this week. So, Monday, on the eve of the inauguration of the 44th president of the United States, Jonathan and I decided to go to the pizzeria for an early dinner.

We were seated by the window – a perfect table for a warm winter evening. From our seats we could looked around the small and pleasantly cramped dining space or view the people passing by on the sidewalk. We ordered spicy cauliflower, salumi, margherita pizza, and wine. Everything was fantastically delicious and perfect. Pizzeria Delfina's pizza margherita was definitely the best pizza I have eaten in California, maybe even as good as the pies in Naples. The cauliflower was amazing – simple, elegant, flavorful – the perfect way to serve a vegetable! My husband thoroughly enjoyed the salumi plate. And lastly, the wine was excellent.

Perfect pizza, a perfect dinner, a perfect evening... Pizzeria Delfina is now on our list of favorite restaurants in San Francisco!

1 comment:

mandy said...

Mmmmmmmmmm, pizza!