Why did we dine here? – Cupola Pizzeria was highly rated by the foodie god Mr. Bauer, and we are big pizza fans, so there was no question that we would dine here some day.
This restaurant features a wood-burning pizza oven imported from Naples, as well as a certified Verace Pizza Napoletana.
Cupola is owned by the Lark Creek Restaurant Group.
Insider Tip – Make reservations as Bauer’s review has filled the place.
Cuisine – Italian
Location – San Francisco Center Shopping Mall, Downtown San Francisco
Opened – 2011
Service – Cupola Pizzeria had reasonable service with a friendly waiter, but nothing over the top.
Verdict – Cupola Pizzeria serves up very good pizza, but a slight notch below places like Una Pizza Napoletana. The location is very convenient. We expected more, after reading the review, so we were slightly disappointed.
We did not try any of their pastas and may return so we can completely compare this restaurant to top Italian places like: Osteria Coppa or Flour and Water.
Signature Dishes – Pizza
Cupola Pizzeria’s Menu features several appetizers and salads, 5 different pastas, a roast of the day, and 8 different pizzas.
Warm Pulled to Order Mozzarella – cherry tomatoes, parmesan ($11.75) was a very good version of the classic with pretty smooth cheese. Not as good as others we’ve had though.
Margherita Pizza– San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil, olive oil ($13.50) was a beautiful rendition of the classic. Lots of edge char marks, high quality cheese, thicker crust than most places.
You can see how serious they are about pizza by seeing the metal platform on to of the pizza tray that the pies were placed on.
Carne Pizza– housemade sausage, salumi, sweet onion ($16.50) was our favorite pizza of the evening. Lots of high quality meats along with a crust that was very even and not burnt.
Funghi Pizza– chanterelles, morels, fontina, leeks ($16.75) is a good pizza for vegetarians, but a bit lacking in robustness and quantity of ingredients.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
“Porchetta” of Suckling Pig – pickled stone fruit, mustard seed ($11.75) was an average dish, worth getting if you are a real fan of this style of appetizer.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)