Sometimes it is hard to see the forest for the trees. I have literally driven by this place several hundred times and never checked it out. Oh there's the Mulberry Street Pizzeria that won the Food Network pizza battle. I'll go there someday.
I finally made it there yesterday. It is located in low profile business park in the north end of San Rafael. The name pizzeria conjures up beer posters and picnic tables in my mind. This is not that kind of place. This is an attractive restaurant with light wood tables and a bright interior. Unlike Emeril or Flay's restaurants, Chef Ted Rowe is on site. He works the room greeting guests and such. The place was really slammed, but the smile rarely left the chef's face. You get the feeling he likes what he does.
The winning pizza, a mushroom with white sauce combo, is on the menu. I, however, ordered the 10 inch pepperoni. I know that's pedestrian, but it's what I like. Oh boy, did I like it! No hide and seek toppings here. Pepperoni covers every inch of cheesy goodness. The crust is crisp and the sauce right on. The leftovers cold out of the box later that day were better than most pizzas hot.
My wife decided to check out the vegetarian black bean soup. I tasted it and it was good. It would have been better with some added pork product. Then it wouldn't have been veggie eh? A well executed small Caesar salad arrived on a chilled plate. Extra points points for the chilling.
A most pleasant experience.