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Solo at Zero Zero or? [San Francisco]

free sample addict aka Tracy L Mar 15, 2013 09:36 PM

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.

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  1. Melanie Wong RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Mar 15, 2013 10:37 PM

    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.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      Robert Lauriston RE: Melanie Wong Mar 16, 2013 11:41 AM

      Does BaoNecci sell slices? My impression was whole pies only.

      L'Osteria del Forno's porcini pizza is a must, and they do sell slices, at least at some times of day.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        Melanie Wong RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 16, 2013 11:49 AM

        I've had a slice there but I have not been there recently.

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          grayelf RE: Melanie Wong Mar 26, 2013 10:47 AM

          Bao Necci used to sell slices but I don't think they do anymore. They had slices the first time we went which was five years ago.

    2. moto RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Mar 15, 2013 11:28 PM

      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.

      1. Robert Lauriston RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Mar 16, 2013 10:25 AM

        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.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          bbulkow RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 16, 2013 10:36 AM

          I haven't tried UPN, but what I liked about 0-0 is the non-pizza dishes. When I ate at the bar a while ago, the stars were small braises dishes true tapas style. Pizza's good too.

          At 5:30 you will walk in, no problem.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 17, 2013 04:20 PM

            Thanks Robert, I was thinking if all else fails, I'd get a pizza to go. I like Cotogna a lot, I'd be interested in trying their pizza. I appreciate the suggestion.

          2. free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Mar 24, 2013 04:05 PM

            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.

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            1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L
              Robert Lauriston RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L Mar 24, 2013 05:30 PM

              I've gone for late lunches and it was slow.

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