Published August 10, 2012
The Italian Job
Farina’s Shiny New Pizzeria on Valencia
A lot can happen in 60 seconds.
Joe Montana can engineer a touchdown drive. The earth can make 1/1440th of its rotation. Nic Cage can steal
But most excitingly: someone can make you a pizza.
It’s not delivery, it’s not DiGiorno, it’s Farina Pizza & Cucina Italiana
, a new sanctuary of
Neapolitan pies, Bolognese pastries and handmade pasta, soft-opening next week on Valencia.
What you’ve got here is a temple of Naples-style pizza-making
. The temple’s altar: an oven made by card-carrying
master pizzaiolo Antonio Langella, using sand from Mount Vesuvius and water from the Gulf of Naples. (And a
lock of Sophia Loren’s hair, presumably.) All two metric tons of it is hidden behind black tile. And most
importantly, it cooks a pizza in 60 seconds flat.
The best seats in the house: the white-leather stools at the marble bar, directly facing the oven. You can
drink a Menabrea Ambrata and watch as Antonio assembles the ingredients for your margherita: dough made of
Caputo flour, tomatoes that haven’t seen US soil until now and mozzarella from Neapolitan water buffalo.
(The best kind of water buffalo.)
Also, there’s a separate takeout entrance for croissants and bomboloni in the morning. And after that,
Kidding: it’s pizza. Definitely pizza.
Farina Pizza & Cucina Italiana
700 Valencia St
(at 18th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110