Let me start by saying that Piccino is one of San Francisco’s best kept secrets. Piccino has a main restaurant and also a coffee bar next door.
If you haven’t been before, it’s located in the Dogpatch neighborhood of SF, down south of the ballpark. It’s not really a place many people go to unless they work or live down there, but I’m telling you, if you want great pizza, go to Piccino.
I started off with a nice, cold and refreshing iced tea. It was really good – house made and had some kind of floral essence that I could not identify.
We arrived at 2:30, right before their lunch cutoff time of 3pm, that’s why it was empty. Piccino closes daily at 3pm for lunch and re-opens at 5pm for dinner.
The first time I ever ate at Piccino I ordered a bianca pizza with english peas, I’ll never forget it. It was a daily special so they don’t have it on the regular menu, but the regular bianca pizza (parmesan, pecorino, mozzarella, shaved garlic, chili oil) is the same thing minus the peas.
Here’s the pizza! It’s large enough to share with someone (plus a salad or other side), or you can just eat it yourself. I really wanted to order my own pizza, but ended up sharing this one instead.
What sets Piccino pizza apart from other bay area pizzas is the dough and crust. The crust at Piccino is absolutely perfect. It is thin, firm, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and it has a wonderful sweet flavor that is reminiscent of authentic east coast pizza. Piccino pizza does NOT flop. You can hold a slice in your hand and it will stand straight out. Real hard to come by in the Bay Area.
Here is the burrata salad (early girl tomatoes, burrata, crispy polenta, watercress, red wine vinegar) that comes on top of a crispy polenta cake and tomatoes. It was AMAZING! The polenta cake was crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and it was super savory and salty – absolutely perfect.
I really love Piccino. There’s nothing I don’t like about it, in fact I’ve never had anything I didn’t like from this restaurant. The food is spectacular, the pizza is as perfect as it can get, the restaurant is clean and modern, and the service is great.
They also have tables outside that you can sit at and bring your dog too if you want (I’ve brought Harley there before).
In a nutshell, if you’re from the mindset that Delfina has the best pizza you’ve ever had, go to Piccino and you’ll change your mind real fast. 🙂
1001 Minnesota St
San Francisco, CA 94107