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Daily Slice: The Panna and Sausage Pizza at Pizzeria Delfina in San Francisco

The Panna and Sausage pizza ($13) at Pizzeria Delfina is known to some as the Magic Pie*. It gets topped with a raw tomato sauce, pork sausage, ribbons of Parmigiano, and a few leaves of basil, but the 'magic' ingredient is cream. Yes, you read that correctly—about thirty seconds before it comes out of the oven, the pizzaiolo splashes this pizza with a bit of cream that intermingles with the tomato and forms a thin layer of bright orange liquid at the center of the pie. Along with the fennely, lightly spicy sausage, the cream adds a richness to the sauce. This sauce would kill on a pasta (think vodka sauce minus the vodka), but it also works brilliantly on top of the pizza—I enlisted my end-crust to sop up every last droplet of the neon liquid that had spilled onto my plate. More

Go Behind the Scenes at San Francisco's Pizzeria Delfina

In this beautiful short video from Pizza Quest, renown baker and pizza hound Peter Reinhart visits Pizzeria Delfina in San Francisco and talks to owner–executive chef Craig Stoll and his head pizzaman, Anthony Strong. Well worth the watch, folks.

See also: Delfina, thin-crust Neapolitan with a nod to New York »

Pizzeria Delfina

3611 18th Street, San Francisco CA 94110; 415-437-6800
2406 California Street, San Francisco CA 94115; 415-440-1189


Pizza Madness 2009: I Left My Heartburn in San Francisco

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Brain Dump: West Coast Pizza Madness 2009, Where I Visited

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A Mini San Francisco Pizza Jaunt: Does Alan Richman Know His Bay Area Pizza?

"I would be happy eating a Delfina pizza every day of my life, but it probably would never make me jump for pizza joy." Pizzeria Delfina is Alan Richman's No. 3 U.S. pizzeria. Last week I took advantage of a quick-turnaround, 36-hour trip to San Francisco to try a couple of much-ballyhooed San Francisco pizzerias, Pizzeria Delfina and Gialina. San Francisco Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer took me to Gialina (many thanks, Michael) and I took myself to Pizzeria Delfina because, well, because that's what I do--try pizzerias near and far. And much to Mr. Kuban's chagrin, Mr. Bauer blogged... More

Alan Richman Names Top 25 Pizzas in the U.S.

Chicago Upstart Great Lake Has Country's Best Pizza Alan Richman (left) and Lucali proprietor-pizzaiolo Mark Iacono (right) hold a copy of the June 2009 issue of "GQ" in front of Iacono's Lucali (the No. 2 pizza in the U.S.) at press event celebrating the story's May 19 publication. The issue contains Richman's "American Pie," a list of the top 25 pizzerias in the country. In the June issue of GQ, food writer extraordinaire Alan Richman ranks the top 25 pizzas in the U.S. after visiting what he considers the top 10 pizza cities in the country. The story is much... More

Pizza in the Bay Area: Rising Like a Phoenix at Pizzeria Delfina

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Pizzeria Delfina's Genius Anti-Yelp T-Shirts

7x7 San Francisco's Pizzeria Delfina has come up with a brilliant way of countering negative reviews from less-than-literate Yelpers—it simply prints the nasty reviews on its employees' T-shirts. 7x7, which first reported on the shirts, makes a great analogy—it's sort of like taking back the night. Or, perhaps a better comparison would be in the way that minority groups attempt to reclaim certain derogatory terms—queer, nigga, bitch—from the dominant culture, thereby mitigating the sting of those words. With messages such as "The pizza was soooo greasy. I am assuming this was in part due to the pig fat" (natalie... More

The 'Chronicle' on SF's Pizzeria Delfina (Pacific Heights)

A Margherita pie from the original Pizzeria Delfina location in the Mission District of San Francisco. Michael Bauer just dropped a review of the new Pacific Heights location. The San Francisco Chronicle's food critic, Michael Bauer, visits the Pacific Heights offshoot of Pizzeria Delfina. (The original Pizzeria Delfina is in the Mission District, where it opened three years ago next door to its progenitor, Delfina.) I had some great pizza at the Mission Pizzeria Delfina not too long ago, but Bauer's criticism—that it's inconsistent—echoes that of many of my pizza spies. Bauer says: After my first visit, when I... More

Pizzeria Delfina, in San Francisco's Mission District

I recall a certain episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in which the android Mr. Data is told that although his recital of Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" is technically perfect, it lacks soul. That's how I feel about most of the Neapolitan-style pizza I've tried. When it's done right, it's delicious but often lacks a nice crispness, and its daintiness is almost always just a little less than satisfying. So when Girl Slice and I met up with some of her friends at Pizzeria Delfina in San Francisco's Mission District over the holidays, I was prepared to be... More

Dear Slice: Check Out My Birthday Pizza Cake!

Clicking in to the Slice inbox today, we've got ... Hi Adam, Avid pizza eater, and Slice reader here. I stumbled upon this secret birthday cake that my girlfriend was trying to hide above the refrigerator last night. Yes, today's my birthday (and, no, this isn't a shameless self-promotion). Instead of angel food or chocolate cake, I'll be eating pizza. Possibly for dinner, too. We're familiar with local pizza spots in San Francisco, but do you have a "must go" for a birthday celebration? Thanks for your help, and long live pepperoni. --Chris C.... More

'The Chronicle' on Pizzeria Delfina

Michael Bauer, food critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, continues his Pizza Friday series on his blog Between Meals with a trip to Pizzeria Delfina in San Francisco. Delfina makes a thin-crust Neapolitan-style pie, "with a nod to New York," Bauer says. Link: Pizza Friday: Pizzeria Delfina... More

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