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Just Moved to SF - Want Good Food

I just moved to the SF area and am trying to find my way through the delicious San Francisco food/restaurant scene. I write reviews on specific dishes I try, not on the restaurants as a whole and am looking for the best pizza and cookies in town, any advice?

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I'm more of a thin crust with fresh tomato sauce kind of guy, but really enjoy most everything. I ate at Pizzeria Delfina the other day, thought the prosciutto was decent, liked the brocolli rabe one a lot.

      1. re: menuvore

        Emilia's in Berkeley has my absolute favorite pizza. The crust is wonderful, as is the fresh, faintly sweet tomato sauce.

    2. Pizza:

      L'Osteria del Forno

      Also worthy of note: A16, Delfina

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      A16
      2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

      L'Osteria del Forno
      519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

      Delfina Restaurant
      3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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      1. re: whiner

        Are there major differences between the these 3? What makes them good?

        1. re: menuvore

          I would say L'Osteria del Forno has the best "traditional" pizza in the area. The porcini (white) and the salami are beyond sublime.

          A16 has Neaploitan pizza -- doughy but burned crust. Very good, fewer options. Delfina is somewhere in between.

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          A16
          2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

          L'Osteria del Forno
          519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

          Delfina Restaurant
          3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      2. A16's straight-up VPN-certified Neapolitan style. Vaguely similar to Delfina.

        L'Osteria has a great porcini pizza by the slice.

        Little Star is great for Chicago-style deep dish.

        Zante for Indian pizza by the slice.

        Pauline's, sui generis.

        Tommaso's, oldest pizzeria on the West Coast.

        Arinell, greasy Ray's-type NY junk-food slice.

        Pizzetta 211, super-thin crust.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Little Star also has thin crust that, while they aren't known for it, is good.

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          Little Star Cafe
          1536 Newell Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

        2. For cookies, Specialties is good if they are still hot (I like the chocolate/bran ones). Bay bread on Pine and Fillmore also has some tasty baked goods. Depends on whether you want finesse or a great big blog of chocolate and butter. I also like the coffee/toffee cookie at the cupcake shop in Emeryville.

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          Teacake Bake Shop
          5615 Bay St, Emeryville, CA 94608

          Bay Bread
          2325 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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          1. re: myst

            Oh yeah, Bay Bread has some great French cookies, including first-rate macarons. They have branches all over town.

            http://laboulangebakery.com/

          2. It would be worth your while to take 15-20 minutes and use the "Search this board" feature for this discussion board. If you search for "pizza," you will likely find a couple of hundred or more useful comments and suggestions. Pizza gets discussed on this board OFTEN!

            I don't recall seeing many cookie-specific discussions, but start by doing a search for "bakeries" and see what you find.

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            1. re: DavidT

              Thanks to everyone, I got some good ideas for food to review on my website. Appreciate everyone's help!

            2. Gialina's is my favorite San Francisco pizza right now. East Bay is Pizzaiolo.

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              Gialina
              2842 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

              Pizzaiolo
              5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

              1. Thanks for the info, Robert.