I’ve dined at Pizzeria Picco at least six times in the past few months. Each time, I’ve tried a different thin Neopolitan-style pizza and haven’t found one yet that wasn’t absolutely delicious. In fact, the food critic for the SF Chronicle, Michael Bauer, has proudly proclaimed it’s “The best pizza in the Bay Area.”
Last night, to celebrate our daughter’s graduation from middle school, we started with the Nash Farm Olives with rosemary, lemon and garlic, hot from the wood-brick oven. Hmmm. I never had warm olives before — what a refreshing change!
Next, we followed that with the Margherita Pizza (tomoato, basil, mozzarella, parmesan and De Padova EVOO) topped with a salad. Wow! The cool lettuce perfectly offset the bubbling hot melted cheese.
We also shared a Pizza of the Day, which was porchini mushrooms, garlic, mozarella and a few ingredients I can’t recall. But it was perfectly cooked and arrived at our table about 90 seconds after it was slid into the oven.
For dessert, we ALWAYS make room for the Strauss Dairy Soft Serve with Scharffen Berger chocolate. A Bay Area favorite artisan chocolatier. You can order this as a vanilla bean, a vanilla bean/chocolate swirl, or chocolate by itself. Then, you’ve got to decide if you want it topped with dark caramel sauce, seasonal fruit, dipped in an El Rey chocolate shell, with a side of El Rey hot fudge, or with Da Vero EVOO and sea salt. Of the latter, Michael Bauer said, “I took a little detour to Pizzeria Picco in Larkspur for soft-serve ice cream drizzled with olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt. It’s an amazing blend that you have to try to believe.” I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes, we come here JUST for the dessert!
This restaurant seats about 10 inside on stools, or about 30 outside in sidewalk tables. Plus, they now have take-out of flash frozen pizzas.
A: 316 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA
H: 5-9pm, Mon – Thur.; 5-10pm Fri; Noon to 10pm Sat; Noon to 9pm Sun.