Between the newcomers and longtime establishments (as well as some that are now out of business), our staff and contributors reflected on the past 12 months and compiled our favorite drinks and dishes of 2022.
At the onset of the pandemic, many establishments sought relief with government grants. ateo County invested $22.8 million in COVID-19 emergency relief for small businesses with 354 grants totaling $3.54 million given to restaurants, wineries and breweries, according to a county representative. But with these wells drying up and funds spent, restaurants are making ends meet by being creative and fostering the community they have.
When Lars Smith and his family opened the first State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria, the restaurant quickly became busier than the Peninsula family that founded it had expected. So when they realized they didn't have enough room in their fryers to keep up with demand, one of the menu items they'd carefully developed was written off the menu. The "Almost Famous" fried chicken sandwich became just that – ...
Eataly has finally opened its long-awaited, three-story food hall at Westfield Valley Fair. A store with over 10,000 products can be overwhelming, so we enlisted the help of Viola Buitoni, an Italian food expert who teaches cooking lessons both in San Francisco and in Italy.
Scotts Valley pop-up The Pizza Series lands its first permanent location after Matt Driscoll's 25-year pizza-making journey.
Matt Burr is a home baker who transformed his slice of ambition into a sold out pizza pop-up.
All Coastside roads lead to beach picnics.
Pepperoni and margherita pizzas with housemade chili oil and ranch from the Pacifica Pizza Project. (Photo by Elena Kadvany)
Pacifica is well known for its surf breaks and, food-wise, for that Taco Bell (you know the one), but the coastal city is full of delightful food made by passionate people.
There’s Rosalind Bakery, whose sourdough loaves can hold their own among the Bay Area’s artisan ranks; ...
Inside A Slice of New York’s path to employee ownership.
Luis Bravo puts cheese on a pizza at A Slice of New York in Sunnyvale, a worker-owned cooperative. (Photo by Olivia Treynor)
Last fall, when restaurants were working desperately tokeep their doors open amid coronavirus restrictions, A Slice of New York pizza shops in Sunnyvale and San Jose voluntarily closed for an entire week to give employees a paid, mandatory break.
The decision ...
Five reasons to spend Memorial Day weekend at SF Peninsula wineries
Photo by Constanza Brunner Halpern
Still looking for that perfect way to combine outdoors, food, drink and family for the holiday weekend? Thankfully the Peninsula and the Santa Cruz mountains are stocked with excellent wineries that boast awesome views, top chefs and ambience galore. And they’re all right here.
All-you-can-eat-and-drink BBQ at Domenico’s (San Carlos)
Celebrate Domenico’s 16th annual Memorial Day with a roast pig and ...
Pizzaria Delfina owner, Caig Stoll (right), carefully carving away.
For Delfina owner Craig Stoll cooking outdoors on warm summer nights brings him back to his childhood, growing up in New Rochelle just above New York City’s northern border.
That’s why, come late May, he escapes the “freezing and miserable” climate of San Francisco and barbecues on the patio of his Palo Alto pizzeria. His meat of choice? Swine. “Roasted pig and beers on the ...