3611 18th St, San Francisco | 415.437.6800 | website
I say at last, because it took me so long to write this post, and because I finally got to eat here! We had a very enjoyable meal here recently where I met the visiting Row who writes the delightful Edible Snapshots along with the Dude who were busy eating their way through town, along with my friend Ben who writes Focus:Snap:Eat. You can read about Row’s meal here and Ben’s post here. It is always fun to meet in person after exchanging comments and reading about their cooking and eating adventures from afar. I was glad that Ben suggested this particular spot, which is famous throughout the land for their incredible thin crusted Neopolitan style pie and fresh antipasti, as I have mostly been eating pizza at the Straw Hat lunch buffet that is walking distance from the office…
We met there early on a Sunday evening and had a short wait before being seated at the counter. Initially I was all set to sit outside, but it was one of those cold windy SF days of summer, so we jumped at the chance to sit inside. Sitting at the counter was not very conducive for conversation, but it was fun to watch them making the pizza.
We shared a couple of appetizers and began with House Marinated Anchovies ($7), which were silvery little morsels swimming in a delectable puddle of fruity olive oil and fresh herbs which were splendid on thin slices of toasted crostini.
Row and I shared the Arancini ($7) fried risotto balls which are some of the best to be had in the city. Neither of the Bens were interested, so we could eat to our hearts content…
Delectably crisp on the outside and rich and cheesy on the inside. Delicious!
The Tricolore Salad(8.75) doesn’t look like much, but it was a really well constructed balance of textures that was pulled together by the tendrils of rich grana padano cheese and lemony dressing that dazzled my tastebuds.
I loved the Clam Pie ($17), which was so different from versions I had tried before, which most likely were made with canned clams and white sauce and thick layers of cheese… This was so light and delicious, you can see that it is lightly dusted with lacy shreds of pecorino cheese, plump meaty Cherrystones which merged so well with the savory tomato sauce, flavored with oregano and hot peppers. I adored the thick puffy edge and the thin crust underneath.
We also shared one of the daily specials made with lamb sausage, ricotta cheese and dandelion greens. It was very rich and heavy, a good companion to the lighter Clam Pie.
This is a Margherita Pizza ($13) that I brought home for Mr. K. who proclaimed it the best ever. Made with Tomato, fior di latte mozzarella and basil, it was simple and sublime.
Although we had plans to go to Bi-Rite for ice cream afterwards, I couldn’t resist ordering the Cannolo ($5.75) which was filled with fresh Bellwether Farms Ricotta which was both tart and sweet and creamy… a truly delectable treat.
I had such a very fine time with my fellow food lovers, all of us with cameras in tow… Afterwards, we walked over to stand in the long line at Bi-Rite Creamery enduring the cold winds for delicious scoops of ice cream which we were (thankfully) able to enjoy indoors. Row, I’m so glad to have met you and the Dude, you guys are the most awesome gustatory adventurers ever. I look forward to dining with you two again in the future!