True pizza lovers know that the best flour is 00 and that some of the best pies can be found at this Mountain View smash-hit, which draws big crowds for its hearty and authentic offerings. Set right on Castro Street's restaurant row, this is a casual spot with a jolly and boisterous Italian staff, but the crown jewel is their authentic wood-burning oven. The calzone-like fried pizza may seem like a diet-buster, but it's light and crisp, not oily, with a peppery and cheesy filling of smoked mozzarella, ricotta, salami, and tomato sauce. Other highlights include the namesake pie, a white variety with prosciutto, arugula, and shaved parmigiano. Pastas, salads, and a few larger plates are equally strong-and equally enormous, so expect leftovers.
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