Today, I went to Gialina Pizzeria in the Glen Park district with Mo-Fo. I read about this neighborhood pizza place several times in various sites and most recently on Bauer's blog today. It was not our first choice to go there today because we were planning to have an Omakase meal at Yume in Alameda - unfortunately, it was closed for several days because the chef was sick. We arrived at Gialina around 6pm and had to wait for about 10 minutes for our table. It was a little bit surprising to me that there were quite a few small children in the restaurant and, of course, one of them sat next to me.
We decided to splurge so each of us pick an appetizer, a pizza and a dessert and we shared a bottle of wine. The food was generally good - straight forward and tasty. The only dish that perplexed us was the Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Cream because the shortcake tasted like a savory biscuit. However, overall, we enjoyed our dinner and we were totally stuffed and satisfied at the end of our meal.
Soft Polenta with Goat Cheese, Spicy Chilies & Basil
Little Meatballs with Tomato Sauce & Aged Provolone
Atomica Pizza - Tomato, Mushrooms, Mozzarella, Spicy Chilies & Red Onions
Broccoli Rabe Pizza with Sweet Italian Sausage & Val d'Aosta Fontina
Bi Rite Creamery Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chips, Honey Lavender and Cherry Almonds
Strawberry Shortcake (Biscuit?) with Whipped Cream