But first we had to climb a lot of stairs.
I mean, A LOT of stairs. And people LIVE off of those stairs. I mean, #1, I would LOVE to live there, but I just have to say, how the hell did they MOVE?!?!
But I digress….
When we got to Coit Tower, before getting onto the elevator to the top I noticed a ton of murals on the walls.
Hubby explained to me that the murals were part of the Public Works of Art Project that were commissioned during the Great Depression. Basically, unemployed artists were hired to create these murals. They surround the entire bottom floor of Coit Tower and they were amazing to look at.
After taking the elevator up to the top of Coit Tower, we got a 360 degree view of San Francisco. I have to admit though, I was kind of enthralled by all the change on the outside of the windows.
I noticed that there were a lot of Guatemalan coins, which I thought was amusing. But you don’t want to see pictures of coins now do you?
After all that climbing we decided to head back to M&K’s apartment. We had an early dinner because we were heading to see Avenue Q at the Opera House. By the way, if you haven’t seen Avenue Q, YOU NEED TO SEE IT RIGHT NOW. If you tend to be inappropriate on a daily basis (like I am) then this is right up your alley.
For dinner we decided to stay in the neighborhood and go to Piccino. Piccino is a lovely and small classic Italian pizzeria that feels like a coffee shop. Maybe because when they aren’t a pizzeria they are actually a coffee shop. Huh.
They served their water in a milk bottle and I just couldn’t get over how cute it was.
Depending on where you were sitting in the tiny restaurant you could practically see everything. Since they are mainly a pizzeria the pizza oven dominated. I also noticed that they had a single induction burner which I thought was cool.
We weren’t very hungry so we went with a shared pizza. We got a classic Margherita pizza which was tomato sauce, mozzarella and dried oregano. What seemed to set Piccino apart based on all the reviews I had read is that you have the option of adding egg to your pizza.
Runny, yolky, perfectly soft EGG on pizza. I would like to hug the person that thought of this idea because it totally MADE the pizza. I thought the pizza was great, but there was a little too much tomato sauce and not enough mozzarella. I was also disappointed that there was no basil on the pizza. Other than that, the dough was chewy and crisp and wonderful.
For dessert we shared the special blood orange upside down cake with homemade vanilla bean whipped cream. This.Was.Amazing. The blood orange was sweet, the cake was extremely moist, and the whipped cream tasted like vanilla air. I wanted to eat 3 of these.
Because I wanted to stay awake for the show I ordered some of their coffee which is brewed by Blue Bottle Coffee Company in San Francisco. Coffee is considered the nectar of the gods on the West Coast. I could go on a tangent about how Boston is lacking in great coffee houses but I won’t. Just know that this coffee was some of the best coffee I had ever had.
Piccino is definitely worth the stop if you are in the neighborhood. And whatever you do, ALWAYS order your pizza with an egg.