We are taking a journey to Northern San Francisco, California to visit the city’s hidden gems. Our first stop is Acre Pizza for their famous 72 hour fermented dough pizza pies.
Pizza is a universal favorite and we all have our own way of making it, topping it, or eating it. It’s great because there are so many different styles to choose from- thin crust, deep dish, stuffed crust…just to name a few! Acre Pizza serves up New York and Detroit style pies and uses California grown ingredients, old world baking techniques, and that famous 72 hour fermented dough for a light and crispy crust that will leave your taste buds delighted and satisfied.
Continuing our search for the best pizza in San Francisco we are trying Luisa’s Restaurant Wine Bar Since 1959 right in Little Italy today. This is an old-school small restaurant with photos of Sophia Loren decorating the walls, bottles of limoncello on shelves and counters, and so many homemade favorites on the menu (and being ordered by many people) like pizza, spaghetti, gnocchi, meat balls, linguine, pollo piccata, cannelloni and so much more. We were here to try the gourmet Neapolitan thin crust pizza today as we continue the search for the best pizza in San Francisco but these pasta dishes being brought out from the kitchen looked seriously delicious so we might need to do a bonus blog post of one or two of them.
Pizzas here are gourmet Neapolitan and thin crust and baked in a pizza oven not wood-fired. We ordered the Quattro Stagione that has cheese, margherita, pepperoni, and meatballs. Quattro Stagioni in Italian means the four seasons and it translates to dividing a pizza into four sections and toppings can be any combo. We didn’t order a salad today but had Americano coffees instead as we waited….. We had been walking up and down the hills of San Francisco and were a little tired so the coffee was a nice pick me up and was made from freshly ground espresso beans.
Memorial Day weekend and that means trying new pizzerias in San Francisco for our Great Pizza Tour of San Francisco 2021. We were expecting San Fransisco to be jam packed with tourists for the long holiday weekend but it wasn’t too bad. Today we are trying Piccolo Forno Pizzeria in North Beach, San Francisco’s Little Italy neighborhood.
Piccolo Forno Pizzeria is an authentic Italian local neighborhood pizzeria. It has a casual vibe where tourists and families will feel comfortable. This pizzeria is actually a trattoria serving not only pizzas but a nice selection of pasta dishes, salads, and deserts too. They even have a gluten free selection. But Gary and I were here for the pizza (and a Cesar salad) so we ordered a specialty 12” Italian Pizza called Pizza col Salame which is pizza with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.
We are taking a day trip into San Francisco today. Hubby and I both needed a little adventure with yummy food and lots of sights to see. I knew we would be doing a good amount of walking but I still wanted my pinup style to shine so I opted for my Cherry Velvetdress that’s a great turquoise blue color with lots of lush red cherries, my red cardigan and pair of Betsey Johnson tennis shoes. I received so many compliments on my dress!!
The drive down from wine country was pretty with lots of sunshine. Even after all these years of driving across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, I still get a thrill. The day was super clear and there were lots of sailboats in the bay and you could see Alcatraz clearly. We headed up to North Beach, San Francisco’s Little Italy for lunch. We stopped by Calzones, one of our favorite restaurants that has lots of tables and chairs out front and excellent people watching. Hubby ordered the pepperoni pizza made with a sauce of the best San Marzano tomatoes and artisan pepperoni. I ordered the lasagna. Calzone’s makes delicious food and their portions are big. My lasagna was loaded with meat sauce and a perfect amount of filling to pasta ratio, it was absolutely delicious.
After a hearty lunch we stopped next door at Biordi for their amazing hand-painted Italian pottery. The vast amount of styles and colors the majolica comes in is breathtaking. From dish sets and place settings, to vases, urns and tables and more, there is so much to look at and take in. Biorid’s is a must for anyone that loves Italian pottery.