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The Gastro: Pizzeria Delfina, Webisode #1

Written By Peter Reinhart
Thursday, 31 March 2011 Webisodes

So here we are, at Pizzeria Delfina, with Executive Chef and owner, Craig Stoll, and his head pizzaiolo, Anthony Strong. In future segments we’ll explore the Gastro District with Anthony and we’ll sit down with both Craig and Anthony to discuss their culinary vision and pizza philosophy, which I found to be extremely thoughtful. You’ll get a first taste of it in this opening segment as we hear all about their flour (Caputo), the cheese (locally farmed fresh mozzarella curds made into smooth pulled mozzarella balls right in the Delfina kitchen — we have a whole segment coming on that!), and the vibrant tomato sauce, as well as the  baking choices that distinguish the Delfina pizzas from, say, Naples-style pizzerias.

One of my favorite things about Pizzeria Delfina has always been the side dishes — you’ll see some of them in the windows and shelves above the pizza station.   I especially love the marinaded cauliflower and also the grilled asparagus with guanciale and lardo buttered breadcrumbs. The pizza definitely is the star but I feel like the supporting cast are all worthy of Oscar nominations too (or maybe James Beard nominations — Craig has already won a Beard Award for his work at Delfina, which has long been regarded as the top Italian restaurant in San Francisco). In many ways, Delfina and Pizzeria Delfina are to SF what Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza are to LA — a world class osteria next door to a world class pizzeria — something for everyone!  I think you’ll love these segments — I certainly loved filming them and visiting with these two deeply passionate chefs. Here we go….


Tomato Man

Another Delfina Credo: A service staff educated on the ingredients used in the kitchen. Each year I, along with other ingredient suppliers are asked to speak to the Delfina service staff about the attributes of the products we sell to them. When I arrive, the group of 30 or more, is typically being tested about previous presentations.
The discussions are always lively and thought provoking.
My efforts are validated when I receive a call from a pizza operator somewhere across the US who says they heard about my product from a Delfina server! Nice!!!


Rob, tell us about your products? What are they?

Tomato Man

Our products are Italian Style Canned Tomatoes produced in California. Primarily for restaurant use they include San Marzano Style Plum Tomatoes with Basil, Ground Peeled Tomatoes, Tomato Strips and Fire Roasted and Smoked Tomatoes. All under our family’s DiNapoli brand. 🙂


Fun! Delfina’s pizza is great. I just wish it were located in Portland so I could visit on the regular. I can’t wait for the upcoming segments you filmed there… I love me some good pizza philosophizing.

I’ll have to check out DiNapoli’s tomats for some in-home experiments.

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