Tuesday Taste of the Week #2: Pizzahacker Yo Vinny!

  • Item: Yo Vinny! Pizza
  • Location: Pizzahacker
  • Price: $18 (after tax)

Pizzahacker is one of the best pizza joints in San Francisco, a town with a LOT of good pizza joints. You honestly can’t go wrong with any of their pizzas, but the Yo Vinny! kicks it up another level, showcasing a perfect blend of salty, sweet, spicy, and tangy flavors.

The Yo Vinny! is a standard red pie of tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese topped with Marinated Onions (yum), Mama Lil’s Pickled Goathorn Peppers (double yum), and Pizzahacker’s own House-Made Hot Italian Sausage (yum^2). The sausage and goathorn peppers have just enough heat that the chewy, flaky crust becomes that much more desirable as a pit stop on the road to the next slice.

I’ve also since picked up a jar of those Mama Lil peppers, and they’re a lovely treat on a wide variety of dishes (or eaten straight from the jar as I’m often wont to do).

While it’s tempting (and usually correct) to order the Top Shelf Marg at Pizzahacker, do yourself a favor and add the Yo Vinny! to your order next time you stop in for a pie. It’s a pizza that would make Pesci proud.

Note: Every Tuesday I’ll be highlighting a particularly delectable food or drink item that I had in the neighborhood in the last week. If you have your own recommendation for something I must try, shoot me an email at bernalhype@gmail.com

Crafts + Brew: More than just Craft Brews

Looking for something to do mid-day Saturday that doesn’t involve waiting in line for brunch but still involves some adult beverages? A company called Crafts + Brew is hosting an event called Build + Sip at Barebottle Brew Co from 11am-2pm where you can purchase tickets to build one of three crafts:

  • Beer Caddy – $44 (pictured above)
  • Nail & String Art – $39 (pictured below, though there are more designs than the one below)
  • Industrial Lamp – $49 (pictured below)

From the Crafts + Brew FAQ, the company will provide all tools necessary for construction, and kids are welcome to craft (though of course not welcome to consume Barebottle’s tasty crafts).

331 Marketplace to close shop(s) on 12/23

When I first moved to Bernal, I was enamored with the concept and execution of 331 Marketplace. 3-5 food establishments in one compact storefront? Sign me up for some pickles, waffles, piroshkis, and smoothies please!

Earlier this week I was strolling by when a sign in the window caught my eye:

In what’s sadly becoming a common theme on Cortland, 331 will be shutting its doors for the last time on December 23rd. Apparently Mae Krua has already closed shop, but Paulie’s and Peaches are going strong until the end. While Peaches Patties will continue in a catering capacity after December, Paulie’s will be closing for good. Stock up on those amazing Jalapeño Pickles while you still can.

There will be a new tenant occupying the entire space according to a post from the owner of the building, Debra Resnick, on Nextdoor:

Please people, do not make assumptions. While it is true that the Marketplace as we know it will cease to be, it is not a result of wealthy newcomers. We have had a successful 10 years and change can be good. The storefront has a new tenant who will move in after preparations are made. There will not be an empty storefront! Please support all your local businesses.

Debra Resnick – https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=128825923

The Chronicle also did a full write-up about the change and mentioned that between 11/20 and 12/23 there “will be popups with holiday-themed food and gifts at 331 Cortland Marketplace with former vendor Spice Hound.”

For those of you feeling nostalgic like yours truly, pop on down to 331 Cortland between now and December 23rd, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy this great article about the concept posted almost exactly 7 years ago today: https://thebolditalic.com/bernal-heights-foodie-incubator-the-bold-italic-san-francisco-ec1815cb47ad

Tuesday Taste of the Week #1: Black Jet Lemon Curd Danish

Full disclosure: Black Jet may have cheated a little bit this morning. I popped in for a pre-election latte and noticed that rather than the typical blueberry danish I’d been accustomed to seeing as of late, there stood a flaky pocket of my pastry kryptonite: lemon curd.

Honestly, I’m such a sucker for lemon curd that the bakery could have had a tray with dollops of loose globules of the stuff, and I would have been equally entranced.

The danish itself had a nice crunch to it, but do admirers of fine art expend much poetic waxing on the frame (honestly do they? I’m not much of an art buff)? The curd was the star of the show: light with a nice balance struck between tart and sweet, and the supporting pastry underneath managed to hold its own without becoming soggy.

I’m no sure how much of a regular this particular pastry is at Black Jet, but I recommend if you see it nestled between the pop tarts and the morning buns that you skip the standard fare and learn to love the lemon.

Note: Every Tuesday I’ll be highlighting a particularly delectable food or drink item that I had in the neighborhood in the last week. If you have your own recommendation for something I must try, shoot me an email at bernalhype@gmail.com