Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pizzeria Delfina @ 18th St, San Francisco

One of our favorite restaurants in SF is Delfina; it serves super tasty food in an intimate, local and unpretentious environment that makes going there a delight (and highly addictive - I'm often caught in the midst of dreaming about their pasta dishes during a high carb withdrawal....)

Well, right next door is their casual spot; Pizzeria Delfina- a very small venue but with a menu that feel like you've arrived in Milan for a quick bite at a uber chic cafe.

The interior: simple and to the point, since it's so small, everything is used to it's utmost efficiency-delivery boxes become decoration, shelves lined with  plates and prepared items on display at the counter-it's modern minimalism with character and whimsey.

Pizza was the easy choice at this establishment, but once we looked at the menu, it got infinitely harder; there were a lot of items that could have easily been devoured, and had I not had the reigns pulled in by Rick, it could have gone gluttonous real fast...

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As it was much simpler, we sat at the counter, where we got a great view of the open kitchen where the hustle and bustle makes the food taste all the better!  And it happened to be the best seat in the house-great view of the dining room as well.  On the long wooden counter, we sat with bottled water, breadsticks and a tiny plate with all the Pizza
condiments made for a last impression on things to come...

There were many choices on the list but we narrowed them down to a manageable few and thus started our leisurely late afternoon lunch.

With our Lemonade at hand, we ordered the Ciccioli on Crostini with Caperberries; a house made meat procured from animal fat, it's richness was delicate and moist which contrasted well with the crunchy bread and with a bite of the sour Caperberry, it was a well composed appetizer!

The next dish was exciting; Chilled Tripe 'Tripperia Style'- a cold dish which preserved the integrity of the organ, adding only minimal hints of flavor to compliment what is a perfect protein to consume.  With Olive Oil, Lemon and Salt develop the already robust texture, it was a cooling dish that sated our hunger until the main event arrived..

The Salsiccia: House-made Fennel Sausage +Tomatoes + Bell Peppers Red Onions + Mozarella.  We also added Hen of the Woods Mushrooms to give it an earthy punch-we died over the Sausage, it really stood out as a powerful entity and combined with Mushrooms, it was delectable infinitissimo! 

So with that, in a city full of endless dining possibilities, we keep coming back our favorites, Delfina is an absolute on that list.  And now we have the Pizzeria to come to as well!

Pizzeria Delfina on UrbanspoonRatings (Out of Five Stars)
Food:           4
Ambience:   4
Service:       5