Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer includes just one pizza place on his list of the top 100 restaurants in the Bay Area. His favorite? Del Popolo, which he says represents the quintessential Top 100 restaurant — a place that consistently brings more to the table than expected.
Bauer says Del Popolo’s pizza has a “puffy, blistered crust, held in check with a thin, crisp layer that quickly gives way to the steamy interior. The eight toppings are also a big draw whether it’s the traditional Margherita ($13); a more inventive combination with summer peppers, beef salami, roasted onions, pecorino cheese and parsley ($18); or salami with crushed tomatoes, mozzarella, peppers, onion and a hefty dose of chile ($18).”
The restaurant’s interior is striking, and the service is professional and has a fine-dining quality. But what really sets the restaurant apart, according to Bauer, are the small plates, which offer a nice selection of delectable dishes — all well conceived and perfectly executed.
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Del Popolo 855 Bush Street, San Francisco, 415.589.7940 www.delpopolosf.com