TODAY IS NATIONAL PIZZA DAY!
Let's celebrate with a great place to go for pizza on a rainy day . . . or any day.
Rise Pizzeria 1451 Burlingame Ave./El Camino Real, (650) 235-9715. L-D daily; $$. Diners form a line at this bustling spot, then place their order with a helpful order-taker at the front, where the pizza-making process in the open kitchen can be observed.
|taking orders at Rise Pizzeria in Burlingame, California|
|making pizzas in the open kitchen at Rise Pizzeria in Burlingame, California|
The kitchen focal point is two 5,000-pound, custom-designed, wood-fired ovens. Handmade in Naples, Italy, they are nicknamed Foozi and Nonni in honor of the proprietors's mothers.
|pizza pick-up counter in the open kitchen at Rise Pizzeria in Burlingame, California|
The clean-lined contemporary interior features high ceilings, attractive elm-wood tables, and wood inlay in the polished cement floors. It also has a large open-air covered patio heated by a fire pit, where I was warm and cozy on a dismal rainy night.
|open dining room at Rise Pizzeria in Burlingame, California|
From the simple, pizza-centric menu, I selected several marinated vegetable appetizers--white bean and asparagus; mushroom and red peppadew peppers--which was just right paired with a pizza topped with light-as-a-cloud burrata. The exceptional crust is made with locally milled organic, non-GMO flour. From the add-ons, we chose pepperoni and marinated artichokes. The result was not only beautiful but delicious. Diners can choose from eight red and eight white pizzas.
|marinated vegetable sides at Rise Pizzeria in Burlingame, California|
|burrata pizza with garnish plate at Rise Pizzeria in Burlingame, California|
Drink choices include wine (some by the glass), beer (many on tap), and house-made lemonade (refills included). Espresso coffees are made with wood-fired beans. At first I was disappointed to learn that the soft-serve ice cream machine was down that night. But then I discovered the “salted fudge brownie stuffed chocolate chip cookie”--a mouthful in more ways than one--and I was in heaven. I should definitely have ordered an extra one to take home.
|salted fudge brownie stuffed chocolate chip cookie at Rise Pizzeria in Burlingame, California|
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