THE CLOSEST TO A NEW YORK SLICE: AVELLINO IN THE PRESIDIO
Avellino, right on the eastern edge of the Presidio, has that New York pizza shop aroma down pat. I walked in, bumped my way through a few of the construction workers ordering their lunch, and breathed deeply, a smile involuntarily appearing on my lips as the intense aroma of charred bread, tomatoes, and a hint of oregano curled up into my nose. Texturally, the crust was spot on: a thin, thin layer of crispness that holds up just well enough to let a single slice stand outward when you give it a slight crease down the center. The outer cornicione could have done with a little more color and a few more large bubbles, but bite for bite, this slice brought me closer to home than any place else I visited. A little greasy? Sure, but that's not always a bad thing when it comes to pizza.
Bonus points for their pleasant, dog-friendly outdoor seating right by the park.
J. Kenji Lopez-Alt,
Managing Culinary Director, www.seriouseats.com