$24.00 tiny Chicken breast from Pizzaiolo
So in my search for the Bay Area's best fried chicken we tried Pizzaolo on Saturday night. I had high hopes as Pizzaolo produces some of the best pizza in Northern California. I'd also heard from Chowhound postings that the semi regular firend chicken entree was noteworthy.
I received what had to be the smallest boneless chiken breast I've ever seen in my life. In addition to the paltry size, it was unsalted and had an odd and unappetizing curry taste.
I'm all for getting what you pay for and realize quality food does not come cheap, but this anorexic breast was a disturbing rip off.
Pizza at Pizzaiolo - DEFINITELY.
Fried chicken - save your money...
I had quite the opposite disappointing experience a couple months ago. I had a largish normal portion, but the chicken was incredibly salty to the point where I felt like I needed to drink gallons of water to rehydrate.
The meatballs are my favorite, and of course the pizza is excellent.
Not fried, precisely, though cooked in deep fat, have you tried the chicken
at Corso? A relatively huge chicken breast roasted deep in butter in a cute little
copper pan. Nothing but chicken, chickenfat, and butter. Remarkably nice and
about as simple as it could possibly be. $11 as of three weeks ago.
re: Robert Lauriston
Sounds like you were unlikely, as far as the size. I had the fried chicken at Pizzaiolo on Saturday night, too. Far from being small, our breast was huge....more than enough for two people. It was prepared differently than I've had it there before, but I liked it. It was spicy (maybe there was curry added, but it was definitely spicy) on a bed of beans, squash and tomatoes in a broth. We found it quite tasty, though not as tasty as when I've had the non-spicy variety at Pizzaiolo. They also had a gypsy pepper, pancetta, and parsley pizza that was so good we fought over who got the last slice.