I love good bread and good cheese. And their marriage together through heat is a miracle of science. Grilled cheese and pizza is the kind of food that’s hard to mess up. Honestly, even bad pizza is pretty good to me. But, when done really well, it’s like a comfort punch to the gut or a great big bear hug.
The best pizza I’ve had thus far in SF was at a tiny pizza place called Pizzetta 211 in the Outer Richmond. Their Neapolitan-style pizza menu rotates frequently based on what’s in season. Sam and I ordered a pizza each – perfect for large appetites, a bit too much for smaller ones. One was a carnitas pizza with creme fraiche, guacamole, cotija, cabbage, and cilantro.
The other: ham, braised leeks, and farm fresh eggs. This was REALLY TASTY and the perfect brunch food. Actually, I consider pizza to be the perfect food, in general. It’s core ingredients are humble and accessible (quite literally with 30 minute delivery), yet with the right toppings can please even the stuffiest of gourmands. The most discriminatory child or adult all can agree on pizza. Pizza is the ultimate equalizer. And, it tastes really really good. I love you pizza.
In the Outer Sunset, I had the best grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup of my lifetime at Outerlands. Their fresh baked bread (which is available by loaf daily) is brushed with garlic oil and seared on a cast iron skillet. There were at least two types of cheese here, but I forgot to ask exactly what kind. The tomato soup was spicy and topped with braised greens, garlic oil, and walnuts. I loved this so much I made grilled cheese throughout the week with the loaf I bought and returned for lunch later in the week.