Sunday, September 10, 2006

pizzeria picco

pizzeria picco in larkspur Neapolitan pizza is hot these days, and Pizzeria Picco is one the restaurants fanning the flames. Named as one of the top 10 new restaurants in 2005 by Michael Bauer, other review sites have heaped praise on Pizzeria Picco as well. At Lisette’s suggestion, we ventured up to Larkspur to see what all of the fuss is about.

Pizzeria Picco is a great casual spot for lunch or dinner. They have bar seating inside and tables outside, fast service and a fun wine list. Their pizzas are thin-crust, cooked in a wood-fired oven and topped with fresh, local ingredients.

cannondale pizza at pizzeria piccoWe tried the Cannondale (right): house made sausage, torpedo onion, cherry tomatoes, basil and fresh-pulled mozzarella. The crust was slightly chewier than I expected but the toppings were fantastic. As a baseline for comparison with other favorite spots, we also ordered the Margherita: tomato sauce, basil, mozzarella and parmesan. This was just as I expected – great sauce and perfect crust.

soft-serve chocolate and vanilla ice cream with olive oil and sea salt at pizzeria piccoTwo pizzas were more than enough food for two people, but it was a nice afternoon and we had to try their signature dessert: soft-serve ice cream (right). Their ice cream is homemade from Straus Dairy milk and cream and we opted for a swirl of vanilla and Scharffen Berger chocolate topped with Da Vero olive oil and sea salt. This alone is worth the drive.

Pizzeria Picco: 320 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA (415) 924-0300