OneSpeed Pizza. Bikes. Love. (East Sacramento)
Last weekend I visited a friend in Sacramento. On Friday we had a casual dinner at OneSpeed Pizza. It shares ownership with Waterboy and has the same locally grown sourcing philosophy. The place was packed when we arrived before 7pm and we had a 45-minute wait for a two-top table.
OneSpeed in East Sacramento is bike friendly, providing bicycle racks to encourage you to peddle to the restaurant.
And it has a two-bike delivery team at the ready to bring your order to your house.
Next to the entrance is a chalkboard with the daily specials. We ordered the daily pizza special, and started with a roasted beet and asparagus salad, $7.50, to share. The beets and the asparagus were cooked a bit softer than I prefer, but once dabbed with the lemon-y aioli, I couldn’t complain.
The Pizza special, $14.50, was topped with sweet corn, hickory smoked Bledsoe bacon, mushrooms, red onions, cream, fontina, thyme. I loved the bacon and the sweet juiciness of the corn. My friend confided that she’s been trying to eliminate meat from her diet but this bacon will trip her up every time. http://www.flickr.com/photos/melaniewong/5798103598/
Nicely browned in spots on top crust but not charred, the upskirt was quite blonde. Despite the underbaking the crust had good flavor and satisfyingly chewy texture with a bit of initial crispness. This was a very rich combination of flavors and we couldn’t finish even half of this pie.
My friend kept the leftovers. I’ll admit that on my way back to San Francisco, I was wishing I’d taken them with me.
4818 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95819
I had a pizza topped w/ watermelon slices last year. The watermelon was placed onto the pizza after baking. Even though the pizza was charred, the salted crust countered by the sweetness from watermelon was a pleasant surprise that I would love to go again if not for the wait or right company.
Masullo is my current favorite in Sac. The Jacqueline pizza with thin sliced potato is the best I ever have. The Lotte came with oyster mushrooms, goat cheese, mozzarella and tomato sauce was a delightful and refreshing combination.
While my heart goes to OneSpeed and Masullo, I am in the Hot Italian camp for Zucchero dessert calzone. Hazelnuts spread over pizza crust and rolled and topped with powder sugar and mixed berries. You can add Naia gelato for $2, I believe. It is really rich and equivalent to a regular pizza. Zucchero along with their smoke salmon pizza successfully hypnotized my parents. Hot Italian becomes the default choice for family dinner, instead of the sushi or buffets, the typical choice of asian seniors. My parents like the generous toppings and crispy crust, which I found bland.
2711 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento, CA
Hot Italian Restaurant
, Sacramento, CA 95814