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Jun 2, 2011 08:15 PM

Saturday 6/11 in San Francisco, need your help

Dear SF hounds,
ATL hound with a Flour and Water res for 6 on Saturday is now a party of 8 and out of luck. Was looking for something amazing and relatively low key before a Napa trip with a good deal of destination dining. Italian/pizza or great Mexican would fit the bill nicely, open to other cuisines as well.
Staying in Union Square but looking forward to eating our way around the city. Thanks in advance for your help -

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  1. How about Zero Zero? South of Market, not too far from where you are staying... or in North Beach, Tony's Pizza Napoletana? They're both great. I like both much better than F&W, pizza-wise.

    Tony's Pizza Napoletana
    1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Zero Zero
    826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

    1. Ron Swanson should be eating steak, but I'll ignore that for the moment. If you can branch out to Thai, Lers Ros Thai is a fun place with a big group, and it's really great Thai and not far from Union Square. Zero Zero is also a good call.

      Lers Ros Thai
      730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

      Zero Zero
      826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

      1. If you decide to go the Mexican route, Nopalito is fantastic and low key... so different and so much better than any Mexican I ever had in Atlanta (however it is not near Union Square)
        but then again pizza in SF is also far better than anything I ever had in ATL. Little Star (which has 2 locations) is fantastic for giant delicious deep dish... Tony's is great too (I haven't been to Zero Zero yet myself).
        Atlanta has fantastic Thai food (and more Thai people than out here), but nothing as weird/interesting (read the menu to see what I mean) as Lers Ros...

        1. My vote is for Tony's. Excellent pizza, totally low key, and able to accomodate a party of 8 without much hassel. Nopalito is great, too - but their space is so small that I can see there being issues with accommodating a party of 8.

          1. For a group of 8, Tony's would be fun. It's sort of like a living pizza museum, they have five different ovens and make around a dozen different kinds of dough.

            Margherita Napoletana: wood oven, San Felice flour, hand-mixed dough, medium crust
            other Napoletanas: wood oven, Caputo flour, medium crust
            Classic American: NY flat-top gas brick oven, medium crust
            Classic American: NY flat-top gas brick oven, thin crust
            Classic Italian: Italian electric brick oven, medium crust (thin on request?)
            Romana: Italian electric brick oven, long thin crust
            Sicilian: Italian electric brick oven, thick crust
            Classic Italian: domed gas brick oven, medium crust
            coal-fired (thin? not specified)
            calzone, baked
            calzone, deep-fried
            Detroit-style (not on menu)

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Dear SF Hounds,
              Thanks so much for all of your help. Wanted to try Nopalito but they couldn't work it out for a party of 8, so we ended up at Zero Zero. Pizza was good, not great, enjoyed the arancini, pasta needs work, everybody had fun with the sundaes.
              Also had good meals at OTD, La Taqueria, Wayfare and the best ice cream ever at Humphrey Slocombe,

              La Taqueria
              2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Zero Zero
              826 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94107

              1. re: ronswanson

                Thanks for the report!

                I'm interested in what was lacking about the zero zero pizza. Although the consensus is "very good not the best", it would be interesting to hear more.