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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ragazza All Fired Up at Last Night's Opening

Posted By on Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Potato pizza with bacon, egg, red onion, thyme, and Taleggio cheese, $15. - MICHELANGELO BATTAGLIA
  • Michelangelo Battaglia
  • Potato pizza with bacon, egg, red onion, thyme, and Taleggio cheese, $15.
Ragazza, the long-awaited second restaurant from Gialina's Sharon Ardalina, opened last night to a steady flow of customers. A large gas-fired Wood Stone oven means pizzas cook quicker here than at Gialina. It also allows for roasted meats, baked pastas, and other things Gialina can't produce.

Thankfully, despite a no reservations policy, and knowing Gialina's reputation for being crowded even on weeknights, there was no sign last night of the crazy lines or priest blessings that greeted the inauguration of Una Pizza Napoletana last week. At around 7:30, with one party ahead of us, we waited only about 10 minutes for a four-top.

The menu is divided into antipasti ($8-$18), pastas (just one on the opening menu: braised short-rib sugo with strozzapreti and Parmigiano Reggiano, $14), roasts ($19-$21), and pizza pies ($12.50-$17). The wine list focuses exclusively on Italian offerings. Diners are welcome to stroll through back to check out landlord Metro Hotel's garden; we were told it should be permitted for restaurant seating in about five months.

Ragazza: 311 Divisadero (at Page), 255-1133.

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