Extra Thin Please

Happy belated Memorial Day! I took the day off (from basically doing nothing) and spent the day eating frozen yogurt and barbecuing in our back yard.

I want to introduce you to a new-ish roommate of mine who moved in the Lisbon House sometime in the past few months. We cannot really pronounce his first name well so I lovingly nicknamed him Leo. Well, the boys actually call him Ders because he looks like an European version of Anders from Workaholics. He is here in San Francisco for six months to complete an internship at the Dutch embassy.

Although he has eaten an uncountable amount of pizza in Italy, I wanted to take him to a new-to-me corner spot pizzeria in Glen Park.

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We started our meal off with a traditional pre-pizza salad. Gialina offered a delicious avocado salad ($9) with blood orange (+ vinaigrette) and barley. I loved the acidic flavors from the blood orange with the creamy avocado.

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I could not help but take this picture that was directly in my vision the entire meal. This old-school couple probably has such a interesting back story to tell and I will just have to be left wondering. The old guy is looking like, “what the hell am I doing with this hat on my head”.

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The three of us shared two of Gialina’s signature classics. All of their pizzas are extra thin crust and instantly won the key to my heart. Less of the pan means more room for toppings. In this case, the ‘Atomica’ ($16) includes mushrooms, chilies, red onions & mozzarella. The boys demanded we added meat and I compromised with them by asking for slices of pancetta.

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The other one we shared was the Portobello ($16) w/ caramelized onion, fontina, preserved lemon & arugula. Again, we had to add a meat so I thought that sausage would make a good pairing. I could not decide which one I liked more; the first one had a really good spice but its hard to say no to arugula on pizza.

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Nothing really beats a well-made pizza and I have to thank Gialina for being open during my time of hunger. I hope you guys had a great weekend!

Thin crust or thick crust? I do not know if I can go on with my day without knowing your choice.

18 thoughts on “Extra Thin Please

  1. Oh good golly – my salivary glands just kicked into overdrive looking at your photos of pizzas and that avocado and blood orange salad – and I just had breakfast!
    Since you must know – I like a super thin and super crispy crust – though I won’t turn a pan pizza away 🙂
    On a side note – have you heard about the millionaire giving away money in your neck of the woods?

  2. If you must know, I love my pizza crust thin! 🙂

    Also, you should have your own Food Network show! I can totally see you hosting something like Diners, Drive ins, and Dives!

    • That would be a once in a lifetime experience! Maybe someone in that industry can put in a good word for me. 😉

  3. What did your roommate think of the pizza at Gialina? It’s a classic place, I remember going a few years ago. I remember I liked it but didn’t fall totally in love with it. There are just so many good thin crusts around. I grew up with thick crust, only because it’s all we had in Hawaii, but I love thin crust. But not the paper thin ones where you can’t even lift it without the toppings falling down. (Yeah, I’m talking about you, Beretta. LOL)

    • He thought it was good but “nothing compares to Italy”. I really like Beretta pizza (and same with Gialina) but the best way to eat it is take it home and pop it in the oven for another 12 minutes. The crust comes out so crispy it’s amazing.

  4. Thin crust for me please with those rocket leaves on the last pizza! I’m all for great pizza, i’m totally convinced its a health food if you add greens. How is your new room mate taking all the people in your place?

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