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Gialina report - off night?

tvham Aug 3, 2009 07:45 PM

I finally got a chance to try Gialina and must say I was disappointed in our meal. For comparison on my pizza taste, my favs in the Bay Area are A16, Pizzeria Delfina, Pizzeria Picco and Pizzetta 211. Now, last night's meal:

First off, we ordered two starters for the table: the Leaf Lettuces with peaches, goat cheese & pistachios was fantastic. Even though it came in two sizes, the smaller version was perfect for four people to share. Our other starter was the Burrata w/ balsamic Torpedo onions, crostini & arugula. I'm a huge fan of burrata and am sad to report this was probably the worst burrata I've ever tasted. It lacked the creaminess associated with most burrata and I even got a couple of dry bites that tasted like the big ball of mozzarella that you can find in any old supermarket.

On to the pizza - I always like to get a Margherita to see what a kitchen can do with the most basic of ingredients. Once again, I was disappointed. The pizza was very dry and not very flavorful at all. On the other hand, the Sweet Italian Sausage w/ tomato, red onions & aged provolone pie was great.

I had an Affogato for dessert and while tasty, the amount of ice cream I got in my cup was pitiful. The rest of our table split the Housemade Watermelon Italian Ice and it received a big 'meh' across the board.

So there you have it...a bit lackluster meal across the board. If I lived in the neighborhood I would probably give Gialina another shot but since it's a hike for me to get there I doubt I'll be returning.

  1. Windy Aug 3, 2009 08:00 PM

    I know people like Gialina, but I think their crust tastes like cardboard. They're all about unusual toppings--pork belly and butternut squash.

    Picco's crust has much more texture, even if it's a little floppy. And it's hard to beat their sauce or Delfina's.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Windy
      tvham Aug 4, 2009 11:20 AM

      Yes! The crust was hard as a rock.

      1. re: tvham
        k
        Kristine Aug 4, 2009 12:08 PM

        I have only been to Gialina once and the reason I'll probably never go back is the terrible crust. Flavorless and after the first bite and it had cooled a bit it was hard and stale tasting, kind of like a frozen pizza.

        I've often read all the praise this place gets and wonder if maybe it was an off night but now I'm not so sure.

      2. re: Windy
        farmersdaughter Aug 4, 2009 01:38 PM

        I like the space at Gialina, and the concept of the pizzas (i.e., topping combos are interesting), but agree the crust isn't very good. I think it's undersalted. Also, I don't know how long a rise they use but in my experience a longer, slower rise means better flavor and this pizza seems to be missing that flavor profile.

      3. b
        bong Aug 4, 2009 02:19 PM

        Yes, tell me 'bout it.

        Have been to Gialina quite a few times . Ambience is good, service is good, but the pizzas.... they are a different story. Could not figure out a good reason to go there. The crust has consistently been dissapointing (one time there was absolutely no salt, the other two times they were kind extremely chewy etc).

        1. rworange Aug 13, 2009 12:31 AM

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          Gialina
          2842 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

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