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Best Cheese pizzas?

49th stop: Ragazza (2nd visit)

I had:

* Broccoli Rabe w/ caramelized onions, agrodolce peppers, Italian sausage, pecorino & chili flake

* A chocolate mousse thing with cinnamon sprinkles.

The pizza was great, the agrodolce made it have a sweet and spicy taste. Crust was great, it had that wood-fired taste but also a little soft.

The dessert was great too. I normally don't like too much whipped cream, but this was fine.

Rankings so far:

The Best:

Gioia
Rotten City Pizza
Emilia's
A Slice Of NY
East End Pizza.
Howie's Artisan Pizza
Dopo
BaoNecci
Paisan
Cotogna

Blue Line Pizza
Zero Zero
Pizzetta 211

A16 Rockridge

Slicers
Ragazza

Oliveto's

Very Good:

Gialina's (It's been so long I just don't remember anymore, I'll have to go back to this one.)

Beretta

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Bucci (chewy crust dropped it)

Pizzeria Delfina

Cheese Board.

Una Pizza Napoletana

Cupola (good toppings and wood-fired crust)

Pizza Bocca Lupo

Pizza Orgasmica

Pi Bar

Tier 2:

Piccino
Pizza Speederia
Amici's
San Francisco Pizza

Tier 3:

Pauline's Pizza & Wine Bar
Primos

Jul 20, 2014
nuraman00 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Cheese pizzas?

48th stop: Zero Zero (5th visit)

I had:

* Twain's Twist (Huckleberries, Lemon, Agave, Ginger Beer)

* Mason (Grilled Corn, Speck, Scamorza, Thyme, Fresh Garlic,Mozzarella, Grana Padano)

* Valrhona Chocolate Budino (Market Cherries, Toasted Almonds, Vanilla Crema, Cherry Heering Caramel, Sea Salt)

The Twain's Twist was great. I would get either that, or the Watermelon Smash from before, every time.

The Mason pizza was well made. However, I think corn as a topping isn't great, it's small and falls off.

I think the dessert we had was a budino, not sure. I copied the desert description from their current week's menu. It was great, nice balance of chocolate, caramel, almond, and I think grapes.

Rankings so far:

The Best:

Gioia
Rotten City Pizza
Emilia's
A Slice Of NY
East End Pizza.
Howie's Artisan Pizza
Dopo
BaoNecci
Paisan
Cotogna

Blue Line Pizza
Zero Zero
Pizzetta 211

A16 Rockridge

Slicers
Ragazza

Oliveto's

Very Good:

Gialina's (It's been so long I just don't remember anymore, I'll have to go back to this one.)

Beretta

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Bucci (chewy crust dropped it)

Pizzeria Delfina

Cheese Board.

Una Pizza Napoletana

Cupola (good toppings and wood-fired crust)

Pizza Bocca Lupo

Pizza Orgasmica

Pi Bar

Tier 2:

Piccino
Pizza Speederia
Amici's
San Francisco Pizza

Tier 3:

Pauline's Pizza & Wine Bar
Primos

Jul 20, 2014
nuraman00 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Cheese pizzas?

47th stop: Beretta (2nd visit)

I had:

* eggplant caponatina with burrata

* grilled vegetables, tomato, pesto & mozzarella

* grilled vegetables, tomato, pesto & burrata instead of mozzarella

* asparagus, provolone, Parmesan (I think)

The buratta appetizer was great, best part of the meal.

The grilled vegetables pizza with burrata was a little better than the one with mozzarella.

The asparagus pizza was dry.

These pizzas are good, but don't belong in the top tier.

Rankings so far:

The Best:

Gioia
Rotten City Pizza
Emilia's
A Slice Of NY
East End Pizza.
Howie's Artisan Pizza
Dopo
BaoNecci
Paisan
Cotogna

Blue Line Pizza
Zero Zero
Pizzetta 211

A16 Rockridge

Slicers
Ragazza

Oliveto's

Very Good:

Gialina's (It's been so long I just don't remember anymore, I'll have to go back to this one.)

Beretta

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Bucci (chewy crust dropped it)

Pizzeria Delfina

Cheese Board.

Una Pizza Napoletana

Cupola (good toppings and wood-fired crust)

Pizza Bocca Lupo

Pizza Orgasmica

Pi Bar

Tier 2:

Piccino
Pizza Speederia
Amici's
San Francisco Pizza

Tier 3:

Pauline's Pizza & Wine Bar
Primos

Jul 20, 2014
nuraman00 in San Francisco Bay Area

Emson Pressure Smoker.

Ok, here's a pic of what the super glued lid looks like.

Thoughts?

I read your post below just now (about the problems you had, and how you returned it), but after seeing my lid, do you think I still need it?

I have smoked with the new lid 2X, and didn't notice anything strange.

It's where the two cracks were on the left hand side.

Jun 30, 2014
nuraman00 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Emson Pressure Smoker.

Hmm, maybe I need to try this then, thanks.

Jun 30, 2014
nuraman00 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Emson Pressure Smoker.

It was the black part of the handle, that had cracked a little.

I was able to super glue the cracked pieces back.

The lid still fits snugly.

Jun 30, 2014
nuraman00 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Emson Pressure Smoker.

Can you give more details?

Yeah, it's coming up on two years in late September.

Did you have to send anything back? What did you tell them?

How long did it take to send the new one?

Jun 28, 2014
nuraman00 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Emson Pressure Smoker.

Some of the apple wood chips I bought are too big.

How can I break them?

I tried a cleaver, barely makes a dent.

I tried cutting scissors. Same.

Jun 28, 2014
nuraman00 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Emson Pressure Smoker.

I think I would have had to send the unit back, or at least the lid, if I wanted a replacement unit.

And I don't think the replacement unit would have been free. Didn't sound like it.

Jun 28, 2014
nuraman00 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Emson Pressure Smoker.

A few days ago, I dropped the lid to the pressure smoker, and part of the black pastic on the lid handle cracked.

I then called and asked if I could get a replacement lid, or charring cup.

They said for the lid, I would have to send the lid back, and they would replace the whole unit. There wasn't a way to get just the lid.

For the charring cup, they took down my info and said they'd mail a new one to me.

We'll see if they do this and how long it takes.

If I get a new cup, I'm going to try lining it with aluminum foil every time now, to see see if I can keep it cleaner.

For the lid, I think I'm going to get some super glue, and try putting some of the cracked pieces back together.

It cracked into two main separate pieces, then some smaller shards. I think I can at least put the main pieces back, and make it a more complete handle.

Jun 24, 2014
nuraman00 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Emson Pressure Smoker.

I replenish the wood chips between the cold and hot cycles.

Jun 23, 2014
nuraman00 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Emson Pressure Smoker.

This time I:

* Used Applewood chips

* Cold smoked for 15 mins.

* Hot Smoked for 30 minutes, with apple juice, lemon wedges, and garlic on the bottom.

* Oven-Roasted for 45 minutes.

I think this had a medium sweeter taste, because of the applewood?

This had a good to great combination of both smokiness and rub flavor. I think I'm 96% there to making a "perfect chicken", according to what I'm trying for. Thanks!

Many pieces had both smoke and rub-roast flavor.

I think I'd bump up the cold smoke to 25 or 30 minutes, to infuse even more smoke.

You don't think I'd need to adjust the hot smoke time or the oven roast time if I bump up the cold smoke time, do you?

And I think I want to try hickory smoke again. I liked the applewood, and will use it again. Just want to experiment.

BTW, nothing broke or cracked. :) I was a little nervous about the back, because of last time, but it didn't crack.

Jun 23, 2014
nuraman00 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Marinade Of The Month and Mustard Of The Month.

Again, it's been so long, I forgot what I thought of the March 2014 Marinade.

This was Island Gurl Teriyaki Marinade.

I'm sure it was good, but I don't remember now how it compared to my favorite teriyaki marinaded foods.

Jun 22, 2014
nuraman00 in General Topics

Best Cheese pizzas?

Lola Sempre sounds good. Thanks.

Jun 13, 2014
nuraman00 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Cheese pizzas?

I want to try the Radicchio or Italian Sausage.

Added!

Jun 13, 2014
nuraman00 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Cheese pizzas?

Thanks, I'll add it to the list.

Looking at their menu, I agree, I don't think I'd want salmon.

Either mushroom or goat cheese sounds good.

Jun 13, 2014
nuraman00 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Cheese pizzas?

Another email update from Oliveto:

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The cheese is mozzarella and parmesan.

Jun 13, 2014
nuraman00 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Cheese pizzas?

Oliveto's answered my email:

Napoletana pizza: anchovy, cheese, red sauce and chili flakes

Jun 13, 2014
nuraman00 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Cheese pizzas?

46th stop: Oliveto's (2nd visit)

I can't remember what I had! And because they change their menu daily, I can't look up what it could have been. I'm so upset that I don't know what it was.

Whatever it was, I'm sure I liked it. I don't remember how the crust was anymore.

Here's a pic.

For dessert, I had what I thought would be some ice cream coffee thing, but I didn't know the coffee would be that prominent. I didn't want that. I wouldn't get it again.

I'm bumping Oliveto's to the top tier, but again I wish I remember what exactly I had.

Rankings so far:

The Best:

Gioia
Rotten City Pizza
Emilia's
A Slice Of NY
East End Pizza.
Howie's Artisan Pizza
Dopo
BaoNecci
Paisan
Cotogna

Blue Line Pizza
Zero Zero
Pizzetta 211

A16 Rockridge

Slicers
Ragazza

Oliveto's

Very Good:

Gialina's (It's been so long I just don't remember anymore, I'll have to go back to this one.)

Beretta (It's been so long I just don't remember anymore, I'll have to go back to this one.)

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Bucci (chewy crust dropped it)

Pizzeria Delfina

Cheese Board.

Una Pizza Napoletana

Cupola (good toppings and wood-fired crust)

Pizza Bocca Lupo

Pizza Orgasmica

Pi Bar

Tier 2:

Piccino
Pizza Speederia
Amici's
San Francisco Pizza

Tier 3:

Pauline's Pizza & Wine Bar
Primos

Jun 12, 2014
nuraman00 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Cheese pizzas?

This isn't pizza, but I went back to Cotogna and wanted to try a non-pizza dish.

I had their lamb sugo.

It was ok, worth trying. But not great enough to become a staple.

Jun 12, 2014
nuraman00 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Cheese pizzas?

44th stop: Ragazza:

* Amatriciana w/ tomato, Olli pancetta, chilies, pecorino, oregano & a farm egg

* Olive Oil Cake w/ Cara Cara Oranges

Pizza was great, I liked the chili flavor (just like I did with Pizzetta 211's Farm Egg Pizza). This pizza was a little bigger than most others, for this style. Crust was a good wood-fired one.

The olive oil cake was interesting. It did taste like what its name sounds, heavy olive oil flavor. Very dense. But the oranges bring out sweetness. I'd get it again, once in a while.

I also had the 2012 Giovanni Almondo Bricco delle Ciliegie, Roero Arneis DOCG, Italy wine. It was great, made my list of favorites.

Rankings so far:

The Best:

Gioia
Rotten City Pizza
Emilia's
A Slice Of NY
East End Pizza.
Howie's Artisan Pizza
Dopo
BaoNecci
Paisan
Cotogna

Blue Line Pizza
Zero Zero
Pizzetta 211

A16 Rockridge

Slicers
Ragazza

Very Good:

Gialina's (It's been so long I just don't remember anymore, I'll have to go back to this one.)

Beretta (It's been so long I just don't remember anymore, I'll have to go back to this one.)

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Bucci (chewy crust dropped it)

Pizzeria Delfina

Cheese Board.

Oliveto's (Farm egg pizza is unique, have to try it)

Una Pizza Napoletana

Cupola (good toppings and wood-fired crust)

Pizza Bocca Lupo

Pizza Orgasmica

Pi Bar

Tier 2:

Piccino
Pizza Speederia
Amici's
San Francisco Pizza

Tier 3:

Pauline's Pizza & Wine Bar
Primos

Jun 12, 2014
nuraman00 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Cheese pizzas?

45th stop: Zero Zero (4th visit): (44th stop is in the next post)

* Avacado Bruschetta: This was good.

I forgot what type of salad the 2nd pic was.

* Geary: Manila Clams, Tomato Sauce, Garlic, Bacon, Pecorino,Parsley, Calabrian Chile

This was pretty good. 1st time having pizza with clams. Ingredients were top quality.

*Stockton: Zuckerman's Farm Asparagus, Caramelized Onion, Basil, Crescenza, Mozzarella, Chili Flake

I liked this even more than the Geary. One of my favorites.

Rankings so far:

The Best:

Gioia
Rotten City Pizza
Emilia's
A Slice Of NY
East End Pizza.
Howie's Artisan Pizza
Dopo
BaoNecci
Paisan
Cotogna

Blue Line Pizza
Zero Zero
Pizzetta 211

A16 Rockridge

Slicers

Very Good:

Gialina's (It's been so long I just don't remember anymore, I'll have to go back to this one.)

Beretta (It's been so long I just don't remember anymore, I'll have to go back to this one.)

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Bucci (chewy crust dropped it)

Pizzeria Delfina

Cheese Board.

Oliveto's (Farm egg pizza is unique, have to try it)

Una Pizza Napoletana

Cupola (good toppings and wood-fired crust)

Pizza Bocca Lupo

Pizza Orgasmica

Pi Bar

Tier 2:

Piccino
Pizza Speederia
Amici's
San Francisco Pizza

Tier 3:

Pauline's Pizza & Wine Bar
Primos

Jun 12, 2014
nuraman00 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Cheese pizzas?

43rd stop: Pi Bar (2nd visit):

Had the Death By Mushrooms pizza, which used the Death By Taxes beer in its sauce.

It wasn't that special. And the mushrooms were cut up too fine. I wouldn't get it again.

Previously I had ranked Pi Bar in the highest section, because I thought the White Pie was great, especially for a bar. But this was disappointing.

Dropping it to the next tier. I still recommend the White Pie though.

Rankings so far:

The Best:

Gioia
Rotten City Pizza
Emilia's
A Slice Of NY
East End Pizza.
Howie's Artisan Pizza
Dopo
BaoNecci
Paisan
Cotogna

Blue Line Pizza
Zero Zero
Pizzetta 211

A16 Rockridge

Slicers

Very Good:

Gialina's (It's been so long I just don't remember anymore, I'll have to go back to this one.)

Beretta (It's been so long I just don't remember anymore, I'll have to go back to this one.)

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Bucci (chewy crust dropped it)

Pizzeria Delfina

Cheese Board.

Oliveto's (Farm egg pizza is unique, have to try it)

Una Pizza Napoletana

Cupola (good toppings and wood-fired crust)

Pizza Bocca Lupo

Pizza Orgasmica

Pi Bar

Tier 2:

Piccino
Pizza Speederia
Amici's
San Francisco Pizza

Tier 3:

Pauline's Pizza & Wine Bar
Primos

Jun 12, 2014
nuraman00 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Cheese pizzas?

41st and 42nd stop: Pizza Orgasmica:

Had these for lunch a few times in March.

1st pic is the Hot Potato (Roasted red pepper , bianca cheese & rosemary potato.), I believe. Not sure what the other two are, as we had several varieties.

Hot Potato was good.

The plate with the two slices were good.

The last pic, with the single slice, was a little floppy.

After having the Hot Potato, I wanted to put this in the top tier, but after having the others, I wanted to bump it down a little. Still worth checking out.

Rankings so far:

The Best:

Gioia
Rotten City Pizza
Emilia's
A Slice Of NY
East End Pizza.
Howie's Artisan Pizza
Dopo
BaoNecci
Paisan
Cotogna

Pi (take into account that this is a bar first, that serves pizza, by those standards it's very good)

Blue Line Pizza
Zero Zero
Pizzetta 211

A16 Rockridge

Slicers

Very Good:

Gialina's (It's been so long I just don't remember anymore, I'll have to go back to this one.)

Beretta (It's been so long I just don't remember anymore, I'll have to go back to this one.)

Tony's Pizza Napoletana

Bucci (chewy crust dropped it)

Pizzeria Delfina

Cheese Board.

Oliveto's (Farm egg pizza is unique, have to try it)

Una Pizza Napoletana

Cupola (good toppings and wood-fired crust)

Pizza Bocca Lupo

Pizza Orgasmica

Tier 2:

Piccino
Pizza Speederia
Amici's
San Francisco Pizza

Tier 3:

Pauline's Pizza & Wine Bar
Primos

Jun 11, 2014
nuraman00 in San Francisco Bay Area

Emson Pressure Smoker.

Quote: I'm resigned to having a charred black charring cup and lid, no matter how much I scrub them clean,

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Yeah, agree. At first I thought you had prevented this too, but now I see the black inside is the same for you too.

May 26, 2014
nuraman00 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Emson Pressure Smoker.

Yeah, I saw that Amazon link for the apple wood chips, but didn't want to spend up to $35.

I do buy from Amazon frequently, but 1/2 the time it's from 3rd party sellers, as they're a little cheaper, even after shipping.

I'll try the hardware store suggestion.

Hmm, Hope Depot has Weber Firespice Apple Wood Chips in a 3lb. bag and Char-Broil 5 lb. bag.

I guess I'll try them.

May 26, 2014
nuraman00 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Emson Pressure Smoker.

Do you mean you put the tinfoil in the charring cup too?

If so, I wish I'd done that from the beginning. I haven't done that yet, just put the foil on the racks.

May 26, 2014
nuraman00 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Emson Pressure Smoker.

I think this thread is better than what many recipes would be posted elsewhere on the internet. :) Nice detailed accounts with pics.

May 26, 2014
nuraman00 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Emson Pressure Smoker.

Thanks. Even if you haven't done some of these things yourself, just having the discussion with you and your knowledge helps.

I've been meaning to try apple wood chips for a while, but don't know where to find them. The retail store where I got my wood chips only had mesquite and hickory. I went with hickory, and overall I'm happy with how things turn out, as long as I do them for the right time.

Any idea where I can get apple wood chips? I've tried searching online, but they are usually $9-10 at least after adding shipping. Are there some retail stores you'd recommend?

Ok, maybe I'll try cold smoke-->hot smoke (with lemon, apple juice, and garlic in the bottom)-->oven the next time.

So are you also saying that 15 mins cold smoke + 30 mins hot smoke isn't the same as 45 minutes hot smoke, right? The back won't break or crack a little after this like it would if I had done 45 minutes hot smoke with no cold smoke before hand, right? I know you can't guarantee anything, but is this what you think?

May 24, 2014
nuraman00 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Emson Pressure Smoker.

Here's what I thought of the beer breads:

* Beer bread without smoked flour: This had a cleaner taste. The lemon and jalapeno shined more.

* Beer bread with smoked flour: The smoke taste gave it a heavier feel. The lemon was mostly lost.

Overall though, I don't know if I liked them enough to make it again for sure. They were ok, but didn't quite hit the spot. Maybe the texture was off. Something about this also tasted too doughy or floury. I might make this for someone if someone asked me to, but not sure if I'd make it for myself.

May 24, 2014
nuraman00 in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling