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Double shot of pie: Pizzeria Delfina (Filmore) and Bao Necci/Danilo’s

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Disclaimer: I know very little about pizza, coming from a town with an egregious lack of good pie options and I know it is hotly contested in the Bay Area but FWIW…

Late Thursday afternoon, we returned to another old favourite, Bao Necci/Danilo’s for pizza and beer. The pizza rustica ($17.95; gorgonzola, San Marzano tomatoes, arugula, salami and fior di latte mozzarella) paired nicely with a cold Peroni and a San Benedetto peach iced tea. The owner and his boys were there, just a few tables full, so relaxing. And the pizza was as delicious as ever, now officially my favourite pie, though it is nearly twice the price of the pie at Delfina at $17.95. Bao Necci is now open for dinner.

One of my long-standing food objectives was to try Pizzeria Delfina. I’d never been, though the SO had gone to the original in the Mission and enjoyed his egg-topped pie very much. Despite getting to the California branch just after opening to avoid a wait and thereby nabbing the best table in the house, we were underwhelmed. Since I am a deep-fried-things fiend, I ordered both arancini ($7) and young favas ($9) from the fritti specials menu. While they were certainly edible, neither blew my mind. It was fun to eat whole fava beans, pod included, but I think the oil they were cooked in was a bit stale which was more noticeable with the delicately flavoured beans. The aioli was a tad boring too. We shared a panna pizza ($10) and maybe we ordered wrong but this seemed like a miss. The tomato sauce was too sweet, the fresh basil and cream virtually MIA, and the parmesan shavings clumsily large. The crust was also very dry, making me think of scorched rye crackers. Meal was ameliorated by Anchor Steam on tap for $5.

Links to other reports for this trip: Coffee talk: Blue Bottle x2, Stella’s, Bicycle, Jane, Grand Prix, Ma*velous, Creamery, Sightglass plus beans http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784422
Leary love: Canteen and House of Shields http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784428
Oakland adventure: Grand Lake FM, BC Deli, St. George’s/Hangar One http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784432
Burger (and beer) bonanza: Bix, Marlowe, Rosamunde/Toronado; random final day bites (post 5 of 6) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784437
Things Asian, a cocktail, and OTG: Z&Y, Shanghai House, Shanghai Dumpling King, BC Deli, Olive, Lers Ros, Sankaku http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784434

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Caffe BaoNecci
516 Green St, San Francisco, CA

Pizzeria Delfina
2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

 
 
 
 
 
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  1. (oops, edit) Maybe there really IS a difference from Delfina Pizza in the Mission, as I had an outstanding lunch there a couple months ago.... too bad you didn't enjoy!

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

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    1. re: mariacarmen

      Your lunch description is one of the reasons I wanted to go so much, maria. And I so wanted to like it but maybe we just didn't order well...

      1. re: mariacarmen

        I think there is a difference. I've been to both several times with different parties, and we've always enjoyed the California branch less. I've never had anything particularly enjoyable at that branch, except maybe the asparagus off the fritti menu. Even the margherita pizza was forgettable.

      2. Huh. The Panna is the only pizza I've ever had at Pizzeria Delfina, and I thought it was just great. And it was at the California branch as well. Maybe it was an off day?

        Unless you just don't like that style of pizza - have you had any of the other really thin-crust, blistered pizzas in the Bay Area as a point of reference?

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        Pizzeria Delfina
        2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

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        1. re: abstractpoet

          No, abstract, and I was asking myself the same question. Will have to do some more research for sure ;-). But the SO had a pizza he liked at the other Delfina in the Mission and this one wasn't a patch on it, so maybe an off day?

          1. re: grayelf

            I've had the margherita at the 18th Street Delfina many times and it is my favorite pizza anywhere--including Naples, where I've been to Da Michela and several other legendary spots. Just the right balance of tomato and cheese; wonderful crust that is both crispy and chewy.

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

        2. I was in the neighborhood at lunchtime so I finally made it to Pizzeria Delfina on California St. My Pizza Napoletana was excellent. Often in this pie there's too much of something, usually capers or olives, for my taste. Here everything was wonderfully balanced - just enough, not too little, not too much, for a very savory blend of flavors.

          Still, with so much other great pizza in San Francisco, I'm not sure if I'll be back, having enjoyed both the pizza and atmosphere better at Gialina and A16. If you're going to play music as loudly as they do at Pizzeria Delfina, I think a higher quality, less shrill sound system is in order. Plus there are so many other places that get raves that I have yet to try. So many pizzas, so little time...

          Michael

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          Gialina
          2842 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

          A16
          2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

          Pizzeria Delfina
          2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115