Solo at Zero Zero or? [San Francisco]
I have been on a low carb diet and Saturday dinner 3/23 is my eat anything I want meal. My hotel is located at Sutter and Stockton and I will be either relying on public trans or hoofing it. I tried booking a reservation at Zero Zero, but there is no availability for one person. Can I walk in early in the evening around 5:30 ish? If not I'd like to try Una Pizza Napoletana. I am looking to keep the meal under $30 (no alcohol).
Any thoughts on a good pizza elsewhere? A16 looks good, but I'd like to try that for a future trip and I have had Delfina's as well.
If I were in your shoes eating alone, I would take a stroll over to North Beach instead and sample slices from
l'osteria del Forno
Tony's Coal-fired Pizza and Slice House
You can try a variety of styles that way. The neighborhood is more interesting for strolling and window-shopping. It's an easy walk from Union Square.
But if you have your heart set on Neapolitan style, then definitely UPN.
from what we saw on an early Sat evening a few weeks ago, you'll probably find a spot downstairs at 0-0 that early. the crust on their pizzas were as good as any in the quasi-napoletana wood fired genre we've had in SF or oaktown, though it's been years since our last A-16 visit. we stopped going to A-16 'cause the noise level is borderline painful, and downstairs it's that way too at 0-0. (a little better upstairs where we ate). but ms.wong is right of course about which neighborhood has more for a visitor, and your stroll in that direction would also have more diversions.
At 5:30 on Saturday there should be no problem getting a single seat at 00. I think their pizza's as good or better than Delfina, Flour+Water, and most of the other places that do that style. Cotogna's my favorite of the group, not sure how late you can depend on getting a solo seat there.
Una Pizza Napoletana has an annoying lineup. Great pies but that non-crisp, crunchless crust (which A16 also does) is not my favorite style.
I ended up eating a late-ish lunch (Rosamunde, soo good!)
so I ended up going to 00 about 8:00 pm. I had been shopping at Target and realized that it was closer than Tony's in North Beach.
Luckily I scored a spot at the end of the bar, being left handed this was a major coup for me. I ordered the plain Margherita pizza. The sauce was a little too wet and bland for my liking, but the crust was pretty darned amazing. I did cave in and ordered a beer so I went over my budget. In retrospect, I wished I had ordered one w/o tomato sauce and stuck with the water.
I agree with others the noise is really bad. Getting a table w/o reservations seems to be a big issue as well. There were some other patrons who were not as flexible as me. Despite this the food comes out very quickly, so if you have to wait for a table I would imagine it wouldn't be a huge inconvenience. I think it would be fun to try them again at a regular table during a slower time (if that exists there). Thanks to all for the feedback.