Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
You can tell that the others in front of us are fiercely loyal to Zeitgeist and have made a habit of turning the coffeehouse into their third place. The space moonlights as an art gallery with local pieces hanging on the wall for purchase under a high ceiling loft-like space. The seating and layout are inviting with an 80s ambiance, less Starbucks and more airport lounge. Enough of the architecture, let’s get to the good stuff.We ordered a latte. It was strong, better yet bold. The aroma and flavors shined through with our frothy smooth milk. The overall mix was not too sweet, not too bitter. However, it was not as memorable as others we’ve had. I don’t know if was the fact we ordered the latte to go or just the overload of lattes drank of the few days in Seattle. S my advice, stop in for a latte to go if in Pioneer, then lose yourselves in the labyrinth of art galleries around Zeitgeist, but don’t make a special trek just for the latte.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Magherita Extra $13.95
Ambiance is amazing, a loft like space that reminded us in scale to Dosa on Fillmore. The place is definitely hopping and was completely packed by 6:30 on the Saturday we went; especially the two bars! We both agreed it's a great place for a group meal with close friends given the ability to cater to more that a two person crowd.
On to the pizza, the dough was incredibly chewy after a two-minute bake in the 900-degree oven. The chewiness is undoubtedly a byproduct of the famed Napolitano zero zero flour. Of course the buffalo mozzarella and tomato sauce were top notch. However overall it was not memorable. Similar pizzas are being made all over the city. Instead the inventive cocktails (picco collins and spiced pimms cup), organic beets with faro & pistachios and wild nettle angnotti with chanterelle did steal the show for us.
Bottom line, we'd go back with close friends for happy hour or a nice night out, but won't become regulars.
Next up, Una Pizza Napoletana…
Monday, October 4, 2010
San Francisco is truly a foodie capital, on par with New York. However, we feel our city has become pretentious when it comes to pizza joints. I should re-phrase - specialized pizzerias. GQ, Sunset, NY Times, 7x7, and CN Traveler have been singing their praises. Now they seem to be outdueling each other. Even funnier, they are sprouting up in evey SF neighborhood!
We've been on a mission to decipher what really sets SF's hallowed pizzerias apart? Zero Zero in SOMA, Una Pizza Napoletana in SOMA, Flour + Water in the Mission, Beretta in the Mission, Delarosa in the Marina, Pizzeria Delfina in Upper Fillmore, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in North Beach, Credo in FiDi, Pizzeria Delfina in Upper Fillmore, and Gialina in Glen Park. The latter two will be reviewed in depth on a future blogs, so for now we'll focus on the formers.
Our focus is on fresh margherita pizzas served in small batches across this city. From the use of buffalo mozzarella, san marzano tomatoes, hand picked basil, and zero zero flour, and the finest extra virgin olive oil - the ingredients couldn't be any simpler. Couple that with wood-fired ovens and you have the makings of something special, right?
The difference? Not very much. The ingredients are fresh, no doubt. So can high-end pizzerias survive in SF, especially when their pizza menus and preparation are so similar? Let's break it down over the next few days.
First up, Zero Zero...
- Prosecco lychee martini - could drink them all night if not for our theater tixs for 8:00
- Green chili paneer served with warm mini naans - the right balance of heat to start with
- Veggie dumplings with grapefruit sauce served under fried noodles - an interesting mix of Chinese and Indian that I enjoyed much more than Shefali
- Eggplant steamed buns with thyme fennel relish - our favorite dish; words can't even describe so you'll have to taste for yourself
- Veggie sliders with chipotle mayo - a fresh take on Bombay street food; better than I've ever tasted in India
- Coconut macaroons with dulce de leche - the perfect dessert to end this amazing meal
Sunday, October 3, 2010
We've totally become accidental foodies. It all started out when I started calling A "the human trash compactor"; since he eats almost anything. But somewhere along the way we started having discussions about food and started to seek out restaurants when we visit cities. We bring a unique perspective to this arena as we are both vegetarians (no meat, no poultry, and no fish). I suspect we will both have varying opinions on the food, and hope to not only have a record for posterity, but provide some fun, useful if not amateur insight.
So here goes nothing....