Stumbled upon Baiano’s, a pizzeria on 9th Ave. in San Francisco, Saturday after Thanksgiving Day, when food was least on our minds and a round of dough with tomato and cheese sounded like the perfect antidote.
The sign on the window announcing application for new...ownership should have tipped us off, but I was committed to having pizza that day, period, so we ventured in, prepared to be surprised. The renowned bakery across the street promised topnotch pies that boosted your social conscience because it is worker-owned, but it doesn’t serve vino, so we passed them today.
We crossed over to Baiano’s. Could we have arugula dressed with Caesar (about $11) instead of romaine that has caused death and illness throughout the nation due to E. coli infection? Sure, said Matt, the front guy, who recommended the Chianti, that turned out to be a bust. He replaced it with my choice, a Pinot Noir, that was drinkable.
My Margherita (about $20 for medium) was thin as I requested and had a few blisters for an OK meal. M’s rigatoni with spicy sausage (around $15) looked more like ziti or penne to us who have criss-crossed The Boot, but he liked the generous portion and the abundance of meat.
We didn’t expect to be dazzled, appropriately.
The coup de grace was the announcement that they didn’t have WiFi and would appreciate cash. M had to look up the closest branch of our bank, happily one was around the corner.
Our tab came up to $48.50 before tip.
Should have gone to the 50-year-old pizzeria up the road, we thought. But Matt was nice, though he had no info on the reason for the restaurant’s name. Hope the restaurant fixes its flaws and enjoys a long life like the institution nearby.More