September 16th, 2016
Berkeley and San Francisco, CA
This past weekend we headed out to San Francisco, mainly to eat pizza, but also to celebrate our anniversary (2 years!) and also to visit some friends. We had an early 6:30 am flight on Friday, so we landed in SFO around 9:30 am, with a strict pizza-eating itinerary to follow
Our first stop was The Cheeseboard in Berkeley. This place only makes one pizza a day, and its all vegetarian. The pie of the day had cremini mushrooms, caramelized onion, mozzarella, and fresh goat cheese. All of the pizza options for the week looked really yummy.
We ordered two pies, since our friend Jamie was joining us, but we ended up having some leftovers. It made a good snack on Saturday! We liked the little extra slices that came on top, and the goat cheese really made it pop.
We wished we could have come back here and tried another pie on this vacation, but we had too many other pizza stops to hit.
After walking around Berkeley for a while, we met up with our friend Dan, who was kindly letting us stay at his place nearby. We headed downtown to San Francisco to our second pizza stop of the day, Una Pizza Napoletana. Our old friend Dave joined us too, which meant that we got to try even more pizzas!
This was our first Neapolitan pizza of the weekend, but it wouldn’t be the last. San Francisco apparently makes some really good Neapolitan pies. We tried three different pies here – the Margherita, the Bianca (essentially, a Margherita without sauce), and the Filetti (a Margherita with fresh tomatoes instead of sauce).
We really liked the simplicity of this place – it just made true, Neapolitan pizza, with a limited menu. We hadn’t realized that it started out in our home state of NJ, and had a restaurant in NYC before moving to San Francisco, which is now Motorino.
Overall, we couldn’t stop talking about the crust on these pies. It was so amazingly fluffy, and it was probably our favorite Neapolitan crust of the entire weekend. What a great start to the weekend! Stay tuned for Parts II and III.
1512 Shattuck Avenue
Una Pizza Napoletana
210 11th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103