2012

Gialina Pizzeria San Francisco Restaurant Review

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Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Gialina

2842 Diamond St (At Kern)

San Francisco, CA 94131

415-239-8500

Gialina Website

Gialina San Francisco Exterior Decor

Gialina Pizzeria is a small pizzeria named after the chef-owner’s grandmother. It is opened in January 2007 and is located in San Francisco’s Glen Park neighborhood right near BART. Chef Sharon Ardiana has help positions at well respected places including Lime, Dine, Garibaldis, Slow Club, and Boulevard. Her next restaurant, Ragazza in the Metro Kathmandu space on Divisadero, is their sister restaurant.

They specialize in artisan thin-crust Neapolitan-style pizzas with interesting top notch ingredients and were one of Michael Bauer’s 6 recommended pizza places. Gialina also serves cured meats, special roasts and fish entrees of the day, salads, and dessert.  Our last visit was in the summer of 2012 when we found prices had inched up a little bit.

Gialina San Francisco Interior Decor

Decor, Vibe – Gialina is a small neighborhood place with large family photos from way back, wood paneling on the other wall and lots of nice pendant lights. Locals, families, couples filled up the place. The place was filled within 45 minutes of opening. No reservations, so wait times can be long. The tables for two are sandwiched pretty close. Gialina gets noisy when it is full. They do accept to go orders.

Gialina Pizzeria Menu pics (Click to zoom in on any picture)

Gialina San Francisco Menu 1

Drinks and Ingredient Information

Ever changing menu see: Gialina Pizzeria Website

Gialina Food Picks:

Gialina San Francisco German Butterball Pizza

German Butterball Pizza with Potatoes w/ bacon, red onion, thyme & gorgonzola ($15) was also an excellent pie with hearty pieces of potato blending with the top notch bacon bits.

Yukon Gold Potatoes w/ bacon, red onions, thyme & gorgonzola ($16) was a bit greasy but proved to be a good combo. Bit soft in the center, but excellent edge. On another visit, they used Russet Potatoes.

Gialina San Francisco Cauliflower Salad

Spicy Cauliflower Salad ($6) with chickpeas, red onions, ricotta salata and almonds. A chopped up salad with everything mixed in. Not really too spicy and a nice cheesy way to start off the meal. Complex Blended flavors, so it is hard to actually taste the cauliflower.

Little Gem Salad with avacado ($10 small) was excellent. Reasonable size, lite dressing, fresh veggies, surprisingly good.

Gialina San Francisco Meatballs

Little Meatballs ($9) with tomato sauce and aged provolone. Six good sized tender wonders in a ragu tangy sauce with a low key provolone flavor.

Gialina San Francisco Atomica Pizza Pie

Atomica Pie ($15) with pepperoni ($2) tomato sauce, mushrooms, mozzarella, spicy chilies and red onions is one of their most popular pizzas.  Trademark perfect golden brown bottom crust, no sogginess. Nice chewy crust edges, Perfect.  All all pies come in one size 12″ / 6 slices.

Gialina San Francisco Wild Nettles Pizza pie

Wild Nettles Pie ($18) with pancetta, mushrooms, red onions, aged provolone. This artsy pie has nettles that taste like spinach but frankly blends in with the rest of the ingredients. Pancetta is on the extremely fatty side, but worth the artery clogging.

If you are hardcore, you can order one pizza at a time, so they do not come out at the same time.

Gialina San Francisco Chocolate Hazelnut Dessert Pizza

Chocolate Hazelnut Dessert Pizza ($9) has a thicker pizza dough crust, Nutella, nut sprinkles, and some tasteless dolubs of Mascarpone cheese. Awesome, not too sweet, but incredibly filling. A warm dessert that has additional subtle flavors when you spread the cheese out.

Gialina San Francisco Margherita Pizza

Margherita ($12.50) was a good classic thin crust pizza with super crunchy edge, and dense crust. Not soggy at all. Excellent flavor and balance between the tomato sauce, olive oil, and mozzarella cheese. This is the best Margherita pizza we have had. On another visit we tried a half baked version at home.  Our oven just could not produce one as nice as Gialina’s. You preheat your oven and cook it until the edge is brown.

Gialina San Francisco Sausage Pizza

Sausage w/ tomato, red onions & aged provolone ($15) had the same type of crust as the Margherita. Sausage was a little zesty but not in high quantity. Provolone was very sharp. If you prefer provolone, get this pizza.

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The service at Gialina Pizzeria was low key, but decent with no need to hail servers for refills, etc. This isn’t a stuffy fine dining establishment, more of a neighborhood joint. The pizzas are bigger and thicker than most other artisan pizzas, but are top notch, making this an easy recommendation for those seeking great thin crust pizza. One pizza can serve more than one person. They have interesting add on options like eggs and prosciutto on the pizza. We’re still thinking about that dessert pizza!

Wine prices at Gialina are reasonable, starting at $6.50 a glass, $16 for a quartino. We have tested their Gialina Pizzeria’s takeout as do many people living nearby. Their desert menu includes top notch Bi-Rite Creamery ice cream and chocolate pizza.

Gialina on Urbanspoon

Gialina Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Wine
Attire:Casual
Hours:Sun-Th 5-10pm, Fri 5-1030pm.
Parking:Street
Reservations:No
Prices:$11.50 - $16
Posted on February 1st, 2012
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