Thursday, February 9, 2017

101 South: Burlingame, Rise Pizzeria


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
taking orders at Rise Pizzeria in Burlingame, California

making pizzas in the open kitchen 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
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
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
marinated vegetable sides at Rise Pizzeria in Burlingame, California
 
burrata pizza with garnish plate 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
salted fudge brownie stuffed chocolate chip cookie at Rise Pizzeria in Burlingame, California


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images ©2017 Carole Terwilliger Meyers
 

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