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Pizzeria Delfina opens in Burlingame: Farm to table restaurant is a favorite in San Francisco
January 03, 2014, 05:00 AM By Angela Swartz Daily Journal

Angela Swartz/Daily Journal
Customers eat at Pizzeria Delfina in Burlingame during the restaurant’s first Friday night open.

The 1400 block of Burlingame Avenue just got a little bit livelier at night with the opening of the farm-driven eatery Pizzeria Delfina.

Officially opened Dec. 23, the restaurant is the third Pizzeria Delfina from the Stoll family. The menu, focused on fresh, handmade and seasonal food, changes daily based on what’s available from the farms. Husband and wife Craig and Annie Stoll run San Francisco Pizzeria Delfinas in the Mission and Pacific Heights districts. Although there are the pizzas which blend New York and Neapolitan styles, the new restaurant has an expanded menu with more pasta, an additional piatti, a small entrée and a larger vegetables section.

The Stolls said they chose Burlingame for their Italian restaurant because a lot of their customers were actually from Burlingame and the surrounding area. The new Peninsula location, which most recently housed the furniture store Haven, has been in the works for about two years.

“People have been asking us to open something down that way,” Craig Stoll said. “We loved the space and the block. The stars seemed to align.”

The couple is not new to the restaurant business. They own Delfina restaurant on 18th Street in the Mission, which they opened in 1998. Delfina, a bit more upscale than Pizzeria Delfina, and has garnered the James Beard Award for excellence in cuisine.

Meanwhile, with the $16.5 million Burlingame Avenue Streetscape project set this year to shut down the street from cars, and the sidewalk at times, Craig Stoll does say he’s a bit worried about the parking situation.

“There is a parking lot in the back and we have two spots dedicated to pickup and to-go orders,” he said. “We also have a back patio that seats up to 30. We’re still finishing the details on that. Once the streetscape is done, we’ll have more front seating.”

The Burlingame space is a lot bigger than the San Francisco locations, he said. There are about 60 seats in the downstairs part of the restaurant, 30 in the back and about 30 on the soon-to-be opened mezzanine level, he added.

“We have a lot more firepower here,” Craig Stoll said. “We’re doing things slowly and once we get our sea legs we’ll open up the other sections.”

The menu includes a desserts list with the amarena cherry sundae and gelato, pizzas such as clam pie, margherita and 4 formaggi, fresh spaghetti, orechiette and antipastas such as saffron arancini and warm marinated olives, along with wine and beer.

Pizzeria Delfina’s original restaurant opened in 2005 in a 600-square-foot space in the Mission district and the second Pizzeria Delfina in 2008.

For more information on the 1444 Burlingame Ave., visit pizzeriadelfina.com/burlingame or call 288-1041. It will be closed on Monday, Jan. 6 for its holiday party. Otherwise, its hours are 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. The location is currently hiring for a variety of positions.

angela@smdailyjournal.com

(650) 344-5200 ext. 105

 

 

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