Status of pizza place next to Sea Salt
We went there last night and treated some relatives. The staff were very friendly and we got some nice warm olives for our wait. The roasted chicken and the squid-ink linguine were excellent. The pizzas, however, were shockingly horrible. We all couldn't believe that a restaurant of this quality could make such bad pizzas--the pizzas were cold, the crusts were bland, cracker-like (not in a good sense), the toppings were just scattered. For example, the calamari pizza, described on the menu as calamari with aioli had a dried crust, no cheese, boiled baby squid as far as we could tell, and aioli squirted from a bottled in concentric circles--extremely unappetizing. The calamari just fell off as soon as anyone tried to take a slice. Delfina pizza this place is not...Save your money..
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
I'm sad to say that we had truly awful pizza when we went, too. Wrong one brought to the table, cold at that, the waiter said, "Oh you can nibble on while we make the correct pizza," but 5 or so minutes later, picked it up and said that he'd figured out who's it was-- and swooped it over to another table. Luckily, we hadn't nibbled... When our ordered pizza arrived it was as if it had been made an hour before--cold and hard. Too bad, I had such high hopes...
Menu from the email:
Arancini, Risotto fritters with gorgonzola and herbs 6.75
Caponata, Eggplant, pinenuts, red onions, mint, thyme and cocoa 5.50
Caprese salad, with buffalo mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes and Basil 9.50
Salad with chicory and white anchovy, Caesar dressing 9.
Romano beans, sun gold tomatoes and mustard seed vinaigrette 6.50
Farrowith red onion, celery, fresh garbanzo, served with grilled radicchio 8.
Fra-Mani Salami Gentile and Salami Toscanoserved on ciabatta 7.50
Pate di cinghiali, wild boar pate, orange zest, fennel, carrot and spinach 8.
Mushroom, pepper and onion 14.50
Calamari, sun gold tomato and aioli 16.00
Pesto, rocket salad, Sausalito springs watercress and grana padana 15.50
Parma prosciutto, pesto and mozzarella 17.00
Calzone with ricotta and herbs 16.00
Conchiglia Gigante, conch shells with ricotta, basil and tomato sauce 8.25
Fra- Mani Italian sausage sandwich(Spicy or Mild), Ciabatta and tomato sauce 10.50
Roast pork belly and pork loin, with balsamic onions and plum mostarda
Pollo Arrosto, wood oven roasted organic chicken half 11.
Torta di mandorle(almond tart)
Fresh Fruit Crostata
Chocolate Duo cake(white and dark chocolate mousse cake)
2008 Matane Primitivo 6.50/24
2008 Farnese Montepulciano D’abruzzo 5.5/20
2007 Paitin Dolcetto D’alba 8/32
2008 Vignavecchia Chianti Classico 7.50/29
2009 Lalime’s Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir 8/32
2005 Lalime’s Au Bon Climat Barbera 8/32
2008 Villa Matilde Fallanghina 6./25
2008 Pieropan Soave 7.50/28
2008 Cantina Cortaccia Pinot Grigio 6/22
2008 Pio Cesar Cortese Di Gavi 10/38
2009 Angeline Sauvignon Blanc 6/22
2008 Lalime’s Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 8/32
Acme Pale Ale
Allagash White Ale
Lost Coast Downtown Brown
Pellegrino 0/500 ml 6.00/4.00
Fresh orange or grapefruit juice 5.00
orange or lemon soda 3.00
Coke, Diet Coke or 7 up 2.50
1329 Gilman, Berkeley, CA 94706
re: Robert Lauriston
Since it's in my 'hood, I've been waiting eagerly for Paisan to open. Just came back, and my impressions were mixed. It's a gorgeous space--a large square with a square bar in the middle and a beautiful outdoors area in the back, with lots of wood for the oven piled all over the place.
As one can see from Robert's post, the menu is quite interesting. We had the Caponata and the Margherita pizza and a glass of the Dolcetto. What surprised me about the caponata was how sweet it was. Not sure if they added sugar, but it was quite sweet. Still, a nice spicy note, not reflected in the description, offset the sweetness, and in the end I liked it.
But it's a pizza place, and I found the margherita disappointing. It certainly wasn't a bad pizza, just not in the same league with Delfina and some other places. There was a lot of cheese and hardly any tomato, so the balance was off. Couldn't taste the tomato at all. The crust was thin and tasty, and there was a nice char around the edge. It reminded me a bit of Dopo's margherita, except that the cheese on Dopo's is better. Here the salt in the cheese kind of blotted out the other flavors.
4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
We ate there last night. The interior space is really nice and open. We sat outside - very nice too. We had two pizzas - one with yellow cherry tomatoes, squid and aioli and one with pesto, rocket and grana padano. Both very lovely. I thought the dough and crust were great. If anything, on our pizzas, there was a minimal amount cheese. The flavors were enticing and service was great too. While I love the cheeseboard pizza, it is drowning in cheese; that is fine (and tasty) but I prefer a pizza that is more balanced like this one. We live in the neighborhood and we are thrilled to have another good place in walking distance.
According to an email that I just got from the owners (I'm on the Sea Salt email list), it's Paison, and it's opening today at 5. Well, I assume today, they said Wednesday, August 17th, so that's either today or it already opened yesterday.
2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702