Readers’ Choice 2021: Italian and Pizza

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(415) 552-4055 •

A regular star in Readers’ Choice, the restaurant is currently offering small-plate favorites, changing antipasto selections, Neapolitan-inspired pizza, Italian wine from their full list, and cocktails in their outside patio and parklet. With the changes around Covid and indoor dining, Delfina has been remodeling its interior dining room with an eye on the future. The spruced-up interior will make this well-loved restaurant even more lovable and cozy when things return to normal.




(510) 268-8849 •

This cooperative restaurant is a newcomer to J. Readers’ Choice winners, offering artisan breads, morning pastries and gourmet pizza, prepared on-site and served up hot and delicious. The Oakland co-op focuses on providing healthy food using straightforward recipes and quality, organic ingredients. Stop by early for hot muffins, scones and pastries, including some vegan treats. For lunch or dinner, try the vegetarian pizza of the day featuring seasonal vegetables, infused oils, and fresh herbs on organic, thin sourdough crust. Sister cooperatives with the same model are located in San Rafael, Emeryville, San Francisco’s Mission District and Inner Sunset, and the Cheese Board in Berkeley.



Pizzeria Delfina

PALO ALTO/BURLINGAME (also San Francisco and Mill valley)
(650) 353-2208 •

Back on the J. Readers’ Guide hit parade: four great locations to enjoy pizza pie Delfina style! A great lunch or dinner choice if one person wants pizza and another wants something else, as there is much to choose from. Specializing in Neapolitan-inspired pizza complemented by a daily changing roster of seasonal antipasti, piatti (small entrees), beer, wine and other beverages. Offerings include clam pie with cherry stones, tomato and hot peppers; cherry pie with marinated cherry tomatoes and ricotta salata, broccoli rabe with caciocavallo (Italian cheese similar to aged Provolone) and hot peppers. Bake-at-home kits include pizza, ricotta and chard lasagna, and lots more.




(415) 924-0300  •

Incredible pizza combos thought up by the kings of pizza in Larkspur. Take for example the son of Yeti pizza: hen of the woods mushrooms, leeks, thyme, fresh garlic mozzarella, pecorino and Parmesan. Sounds amazing like so many of their incredible pizzas. And then there is the reliably delicious margherita. In addition to pizza, there is a full menu, soup to nuts: Salads, pastas, tuna and salmon, so essentially, something for everyone. Dine in, pickup or delivery.

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