date night in north beach

16 Jan

I could think of a million ways to delay this first post. Seeing that I decided to create this blog to get me in the habit of writing more, I figured that the best first post would simply be a complete post. Tonight the manpanion and I decided to celebrate the football mayhem by visiting one of our favorite restaurants, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. We discovered this gem through yelp when I was on a mad hunt to find “authentic” Italian pizza. Holy cheese! The manpanion and I have been here a number of times, so I can confidently say that this place is fantastic and I’m sure he and I will come back here again and again. Though I have a long list of recommendations, I’ll focus on tonight’s fare.

We started with the Cesar salad. The manpanion isn’t big on salad. Or veggies. But as part of my New Year’s Revolution (I’ll explain some other time.), I try to have some kind of veggie at every meal. The Cesar salad comes with a side of anchovies. It’s a touch I appreciate because 1) it tells me they know what a Cesar salad is. 2) As an island variety Filipino, I say, “My what delicious dilis you have!”


For our main meal, we split a New Yorker pizza. They bake their pizzas in wood burning ovens and their dough is heavenly: thin but chewy and slightly charred on the bottom for that hint of smokiness. This pizza was loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, scrumptious pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella, and ricotta. For the record, ricotta makes it better:)  I can rant and rave about how awesome this pizza is. But I’ll just let the photo speak for itself.


There is a catch about eating at Tony’s: it’s always busy. The shortest wait I’ve ever experienced is about 30 minutes. The longest wait was tonight, where we waited about 90 minutes. If you’re in a larger party of over four, your wait may be even longer. Here’s a tip: only go there with people you really REALLY like. I perish the thought of sharing a Tony’s experience with a second-rate friend. (smirk) No, they don’t take reservations. With that, we visited Caffe Greco to sip on hot coca (for the manpanion) and cappuccino (for me).


Since we’ve watched way too many episodes of Cake Boss, we decided to do desserts first with cannoli. “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.” (I had to add that for your Godfather fans!)


We also munched on the tartufo. Something about chocolate cake with chocolate cream filling sounded delicious.


Overall, it was a lovely and unexpected date night. By the way, I’m really loving the new Foodie SnapPack on my Hipstamatic!

Live deliciously!


6 Responses to “date night in north beach”

  1. dorothysantos January 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    Manpanion? Love it. Really enjoyed the first post. I’m curious, are you and Fritzie going to add a fun fact related to the food/meals you write about? THAT is quite a nerdy suggestion but I felt it would be welcomed. Also, nice use of the Hipstamatic. 😉

    • jlrondilla January 16, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

      You’re so funny! That’s a great suggestion. In truth, we haven’t really set the parameters of the blog. I figure its identity will be shaped in time. For now, my focus is to just get it started and go from there. Of course, suggestions are always welcome:) Yes. I love the Hipstamatic!

  2. Cheryl January 17, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    Yay. Congratulations on your 1st post. Here’s to many more!!!

    • jlrondilla January 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

      Awww. Thanks Cheryl! I miss you:)

  3. GladysN January 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    That pizza looks KILLER! My mouth wants some now!

    • jlrondilla January 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

      It is KILLER. I’m not usually big on Italian food, but Tony’s makes me weak in the knees!

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