Oh Pizza! I can recall eating the best pizza of my life while sitting on a street corner in Napoli, Italy in 1998 with my wife, Heather and my bro-in-law, John. I can’t say for sure if the pizza there was really that good (becuase it WAS) or if it was location or the 7 bottles of homemade $4 Vino Rosso we consumed…but it sure seemed like the best pizza in the world.

It was just thin enough to get a nice crispy bottom and still hold its shape under the pressure of the most intense fresh San Marzano tomato sauce and hand pulled Mozzarella. Each of the THREE pizzas we ordered cooked in under 5 minutes in the Oak Fired pizza oven and arrived piping hot with the simplest yet tasty topping combinations. Simply amazing. I will remember that night for a long time to come.

I have yet to find a pie that rivals those we downed in Italia – until now. I think there is one true pizzeria in California (if not the country) that comes close. There are restaurant that get close (Like A16 in the Marina) but no true simple pizzeria. Delfina Pizzeria is the first that I have tried that rivals those Neopolitan pies. The crust is just so, the sauce and topping choices are sublime and the contorni and other menu items surely aim to please.

On a recent visit I ordered the Spicy Cauliflower with Fired Capers and Chilis and the Brocolli Rabe Pizze. Both were outstanding and are worth a return visit. The only problems I have with this spot is that they do not allow customers to bring their own wine. Not a huge issue but still a nit nonetheless…Go check it out.