The first of its kind in the Haight/Fillmore/Western Addition, Ragazza offers what some people call "expensive pizza"
and others a modestly priced bistro meal -- snipe all you want about how pizza has
overtaken the city, but it's an affordable splurge for a lot of people,
and when we quality-obsessed San Franciscans do pizza well, it can be
At Ragazza, I most enjoyed treating the pizza as one element in a
small-plates meal, and Sharon Ardiana's filled out the menu with enough
small, vegetable-oriented dishes to do that. When her pies are on, they're
as good as Gialina's, one of my favorite spots in the city. Unfortunately, every meal had serious flaws as
well as serious pleasures, and those flaws were never the same ones.
Ardiana's got a good concept, a good pizza dough, and a good space. Now all she has to do is calm the chaos.