Friday, July 31, 2015

101 North: Larkspur, Picco and Pizzeria Picco


Picco  320 Magnolia Ave., (415) 924-0300.  D daily; $$$+.  Reservations advised.  Inside, this attractive restaurant offers a warren of dining spaces
dining room at Picco in Larkspur, California

as well as a bar;
bar at Picco in Larkspur, California

outside, a row of sidewalk-side  tables come with lap robes in case there is a chill.
outdoor dining at Picco in Larkspur, California


The menu includes a risotto that is made fresh every half hour, burrata with heirloom tomatoes, kennebec fries, wok-roasted broccoli di ciccio, bucatini with prawns, house-made radiatore with beef & pork bolognese, and gnocchi with house-made fennel sausage.
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Pizzeria Picco  316 Magnolia Ave./King St., (415) 945-8900.  L Sat-Sun, D daily; $$.  No reservations.  This tiny sister restaurant to Picco is located adjacent.  Seating inside is at a counter overlooking a partial kitchen where you can watch pizzas enter and exit a hot wood-burning oven and see the final touches put on take-out orders aplenty.
dining counter at Pizzeria Picco in Larkspur, California

wood-burning pizza oven at Pizzeria Picco in Larkspur, California

take-out prep in kitchen at Pizzeria Picco in Larkspur, California

A bank of sheltered outdoor tables is also available.
outdoor tables at Pizzeria Picco in Larkspur, California

Though the menu does change seasonally, it is limited to salads—organic mixed green,
organic green salad at Pizzeria Picco in Larkspur, California

rocket man (made with arugula), baby lettuce with strawberries and feta, caesar—and exceptional thin-crust Neopolitan pizzas.  In spite of the fact that his own NYC restaurants make a very good pizza, celebrity chef Mario Batali has declared it the best pizza in the U.S.  I prefer red pizzas so am most fond of the margharita and pepperoni versions.  The white yeti mushroom pizza is simple and good, but next time I will add on proscuitto.
white yeti mushroom pizza at Pizzeria Picco in Larkspur, California

Do save room for a dessert of Straus Dairy soft-serve ice cream in vanilla, chocolate, or swirl.  You can select from toppings, but I think it would be hard to beat the caramel with a pinch of sea salt atop vanilla.  Oh my!
soft-serve ice cream sundae at Pizzeria Picco in Larkspur, California
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