Situated in an old block of Telegraph near 51st, under a working neon Dutch Boy Paints sign, this converted storefront is one of a group of interesting food stops in Oakland's Temescal neighborhood. So yeah, it's busy and noisy, but is that a bad thing? We just showed up on a Thursday night without a reservation. That was a big mistake - we waited over an hour and a half for a 2 top. We were getting a little crazy by the time we finally were seated. BUT, they were very apologetic and friendly - great people. Once we got started everything came quickly.
SALAD: Couldn't get enough of this dressing, a light vinaigrette over little gem lettuce and thinly sliced radishes. Light and tasty.
PIZZA: OK, it sounds trite, but for us this was the Best Pizza Ever. A simple marguerita pizza with their housemade sausage. The crust was thin, fresh and crackly, fresh out of the wood fired brick oven. We ordered a second one, which we never do. This is our style - if you like the thin crust euro style pizza, as opposed to Chicago deep dish, this is for you.
DESSERT: panna cotta was delicious, light, and not too sweet. The real deal. Good espresso, too.
OVERALL: make a reservation 1 or 2 days in advance, and just go there. Try one of the pasta or seafood dishes, too. Can't say enough about this place. The wines were good, pizza was Excellent, dessert was great, and the people were really nice. We loved it. You won't be disappointed.
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