Toto's Pizzeria (Millbrae, not San Bruno)
I grew up eating the #2 pizza (salami, sausage and mushrooms) from Toto's in the Mission. When they moved to Daly City, we figured at least it was easier to find parking. Then I moved to Novato and Toto's closed their D.C. restaurant - closest was Millbrae. I think I had their pizza once in the past 11 years. Don't know why I love it so, but it's one of my childhood comfort foods.
EB Bay Bridge closed, but I had a hankering that just wouldn't go away, so I convinced hubby to make the drive from Novato down to Millbrae, on a Sunday evening with lots of Labor Day traffic. But kids were sleeping over at grandma's, so I spun it as a romantic road trip.
Cautionary note - I google-mapped this place, the address was given as 1690 El Camino Real, in San Bruno. We drove up and down ECR before hitting Toto's in Millbrae. (Street numbers get re-assigned for each city.)
It's a very different place from what I remembered the Mission and Daly City locations to be. You order from the counter, then go find a table. Staff is friendly and helpful. When your food comes up, they'll call your number. You pick up food, along with your own silverware, plates, condiments (cheese or pepper flakes).
Parking lot in back (although we found a spot on the street). Was pretty busy for a Sunday evening, although there was always an empty table or two. Bathrooms surprisingly clean.
Hubby wanted a house salad, and some ravioli; both were decent (according to him). I ordered an extra large #2 (actually ordered the #4 by accident, but was able to change without any problem). Plus, about mid-way through our meal, I ordered THREE more #2s to go. Didn't mind doing the trek from Novato, but I know from experience that the pizza freezes well and is a good enough substitute when I can't get fresh.
As I ate the pizza slices, I tried to figure out why I loved it so.
1. The tomato sauce isn't spicy or overly herb-y. On the sweetish side, hubby noted.
2. Sausage is as good as ever, not spicy, not overly fatty, no gristle or yucky pieces.
3. Crust is crispy (for lack of better word) but also chewy. I usually don't eat the crusts; I always finish it on my Toto's pizza.
Okay, that's my report. If anyone has any add'l light on why this pizza tastes so good (to me), please feel free to be more descriptive. :)
I lived in San Bruno for a couple years and went to Toto's regularly. It's in San Bruno for sure.
Anyway, it's my favorite thin crust pizza in the bay area. The quality of Toto's is best experienced with as few toppings as possible. It's all about the cheese, crust, and tomato sauce which always seems to have one whole basil leaf per pie.
It's similar to Giorgio's on Clement, but better.