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Ambrosia Pizza in Larkspur - any recs?

c oliver Jun 10, 2009 07:53 PM

We're spending Saturday night in Larkspur and are considering Ambrosia Pizza. Has anyone been there and do you recommend it? Thanks

  1. c
    cyberroo Jun 12, 2009 09:11 AM

    I haven't been to Ambrosia, but I love Pizzeria Picco, which is down the street from the Lark Creek Inn, so it should also be walking distance for you.

    No reservations, but a really fantastic menu of salads, soup, and the most delicious, thin crust, crispy pizzas.

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      Mick Ruthven Jun 12, 2009 06:07 AM

      If you're in Larkspur for more than Saturday night, Rustic Bakery is in the same business strip as Ambrosia and is so good it's addictive.

      Rustic Bakery
      1139 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA

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      1. re: Mick Ruthven
        MSK Jun 12, 2009 06:55 AM

        Would you mind explaining what your favorites are at Rustic?

        Although the few items I have had from there have been quite tasty, I could never understand the business model of bakery whose main emphasis are expensive flatbread crackers.

        1. re: MSK
          Mick Ruthven Jun 12, 2009 09:11 AM

          They started with their flatbread creackers and of course still have them, but they've evolved way beyond that. Go to the center of the counter and look at the things on the back bar. Those are the things I'm talking about. For savory, there's a ham and cheese strata, a wonderful baked mixture of bread, eggs, ham, cheese and who knows what else (very large serving for $3.50). I think the last thing I had there was a chocolate brioche, about as good as that can get.

        2. re: Mick Ruthven
          c oliver Jun 12, 2009 06:56 AM

          Oh, wow, does that ever look wonderful. Unfortunately we fly out of SFO Sunday morning but I'll tell our daughter about it. WOW.

        3. MSK Jun 11, 2009 12:55 PM

          How will you be at Ambrosia and R'noh at the same time???

          Ambrosia is also a local hangout. You'll go there and notice that most of the families know each other. Big place to go after the soccer/little league game.

          We use it as our stop for consistent, tradition italian cuisine. There are so many italian restaurants nearby but Ambrosia is the place for your basic Lasagna, Spaghetti and meatballs, ceasar salad, pizza and chic parm. There are a few other interesting choices on the menu to try too but this is what they are good at.

          Portions are good size and prices are reasonable. Mark prides himself on his very interesting wine choices at reasonable prices.

          It can get a little crazy in there sometimes as everyone who comes in considers themselves to be a regular and want to be treated as such. Waitstaff is part of the family, have been there forever. Sometimes they get a bit harried when it gets busy......regulars are sometimes expected to understand when service is less than stellar. But they keep coming back.

          If you are looking for a casual, neighborhood Italian spot, this is your place but if you are looking for someplace higher end, there are other options in the area.

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          1. re: MSK
            c oliver Jun 11, 2009 01:15 PM

            Our daughter is living there temporarily and she offered either since they're close. The old Lark Creek Inn (can't remember the new name) is within walking distance but they were pretty booked. We're going to the Thai place. Thanks for answering for both, MSK.

            1. re: c oliver
              MSK Jun 11, 2009 02:24 PM

              I also recommend Ward Street Cafe an intimate, unpretentious place across from the Left Bank.

              Ward Street Cafe
              25 Ward St, Larkspur, CA 94939

            2. re: MSK
              rworange Jun 15, 2009 02:28 PM


              Ambrosia Pizza
              1159 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA 94939

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