patxi’s chicago pizza
Even though the men of Guy’s Night Out are spontaneous, adventurous and never predictable, we have been known to return to our favorite restaurants on occasion. I have mentioned several in the rotation before, but last night we visited one I have yet to reference: Patxi’s Chicago Pizza. If you like real deep dish pizza, especially in the Giordano’s tradition, you need to know about Patxi’s.
Patxi’s was started 2 years by some folks who had been at Zachary’s. Those who have dined at the legendary East Bay pizzeria appreciate that it is home to the best Chicago-style pies in the Bay Area, or at least that is what I used to think. Now that I have had dozens of delicious pizzas from Patxi’s, I’m not so sure that Zach’s is still king.
Patxi’s serves salad (I enjoy the Greek) and thin crust pizza, but the only reason to go is for the deep dish. We usually get the Special (sausage, mushroom, onion, green pepper combo) and modify the Veggie (mushrooms, onions, green peppers) by replacing the olives with spinach. The busy kitchen is open so you can watch as your dough is tossed and formed in the deep-dish pan. Then it is covered in cheese, toppings, more cheese and a thick tomato sauce that neither too sweet nor tangy. 25 minutes later your 2-inch deep pie is delivered to your table, and a blissful food coma is sure to follow.
Patxi’s first location was in Palo Alto, but they have opened a second in Hayes Valley for your dining convenience.
Patxi’s: 441 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA (650) 473-9999
Patxi’s: 511 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA (415) 558-9991
Bonus link: Little Star Pizza in the Western Addition has been getting rave reviews