Pie freak: Serious Eats' Adam Kuban pulled off another wonderfully OCD examination of Bay Area pizza this weekend, part of his 50-part, map-crawling United States of Pizza series. First, a Kuban caveat that reveals just how fecund our restaurant pizza culture has become:
I'm not even going to pretend that this is a comprehensive list of all the Northern California pizzerias worthy of your attention. The rate at which new places are opening there and the geographic vastness make this a crazy undertaking, to be sure.What follows (with the help of fellow blogger L.A. Pizza Maven) is a 10-taste of mostly S.F. and East Bay pies. We think Kuban's likes have an inevitable New York flavor (NYC-style Arinell, Gioia, and Pizza My Heart get top-of-the-column love), Chicago-style Zachary's and Little Star get sizable column inches, while Pizzaiolo, Boot and Shoe, and Delfina are sort of L.A. Pizza Maven add-ons (Gialina and Pizzetta 211 don't even rate mentions). Even the term ingredient-driven is quarantined in quote marks, as if it were a quaint, or even kooky notion. Still, we like the fact that Kuban shared his obsession with us, even if they reveal an outsider's peccadillos.