Artisanal Cal-Pizza and Modern Chophouse
I am relocating from LA to SF in a few months. I grew up in SF, so I am fairly familiar with the food scene.
The two restaurants I will miss most in LA are
Pizzeria Mozza and JAR
Many people don't like Pizzeria Mozza pizza, but those who do, LOVE it, and there is just NO comparison. Are there any pizza places that have a similar style to Mozza in SF? Also, the Mozzarella Bar at Osteria Mozza will also be missed.
Also, my favorite modern chophouse in LA was JAR.
The sides are modern, yet fresh, light, and comforting all at the same time. The meat entrees are very good and interesting like charsu pork chop, braised oxtail, and a mean pot roast. They also have an very solid brunch.
Interestingly enough, when Michael Bauer came to LA to review restaurants, JAR and Mozza were the best steaks and pizza, respectively, that he has had in years.
I am confident I can find replacements for my other favorites, but I am worried about these two. I will really miss them!
Any suggestions to ease my transition?
I found Mozza's pizza to be similar to Pizzaiolo's (in Oakland). The menu's smaller, but like Mozza, they offer both traditional Italian and more Californian toppings (I love the squid and aioli pizza). I haven't yet found a Bay Area restaurant that can compete in terms of the style, breadth and quality of appetizers at Mozza, though.
Here's what's in SF as far as steakhouses
There websites and chowhound reports for each of those places (including past reports on Lark Creek).
I took a look at Jar, and the list in that link, you might consider Anzu. If you liked Lark Creek some others that might interest you are Acme and maybe Epic ... though I've been reading mixed reports about epic.
And of course you don't want to miss Tad's ... ok, I'm kidding about that.
If you remove SF from the above search it will give other Bay Area steakhouses. I've been meaning to try Stark's which might interest you.
I've been to Pizzeria Mozza several times and I would have to agree with sugartoof that Gialina is going to be most similar in terms of both the consistency of the crust as well as the topping combinations. Unfortunately, the winelist can't compare...I'd suggest bringing your own if you don't mind drinking it out of tumblers. The fennel sausage pizza at Mozza was one of my highlights of the year.
I've never had dinner at Jar so I can't help there, but the brunch I had two weeks ago was fantastic.