If you like Italian Oven Made Pizzas with healthy and delicious vegetarian options where you can sit by an outdoor fire, you must go to Rise Pizzeria which just opened in Burlingame, California. Owners Omid Zahedi and his wife Susan Payrovi, teamed up with Chef Justin Nilson to design a pizza-centric menu prepared with fresh, seasonal, often locally sourced ingredients.
Zahedi has fifteen plus years of hospitality industry experience. Susan Payrovi is a physician who practices integrative and functional medicine at Stanford and brings a commitment to serve "real food" with all non-GMO ingredients, many organic, and no soda fountain (thus no high fructose corn syrup). Chef Nilson's career includes work at venues from coast to coast, among them Wolfgang Puck's Postrio in San Francisco and multiple properties opened by acclaimed Las Vegas-based chef Elizabeth Blau.
The kitchen at Rise Pizzeria has two 5,000 pound custom designed wood-fired ovens handmade by artisan Mario Acunto in Naples, Italy, shipped thousands of miles to Oakland, and then trucked to Burlingame. They have been named Foozi and Nonni in honor of the proprietor's mothers.
We enjoyed two excellent, flavorful pizzas for dinner along with a Farro side and wine and house-made lemonade:
. Funghi (mixed mushroom): panna, taleggio, fontina, Parmesan, thyme
. Medjool date + chèvre (goat cheese): panna, mozzarella, Parmesan, red onion, chives
We recommend you check out, Rise Pizzeria - an enjoyable comfortable spot to enjoy innovative Neapolitan-inspired pizzas!
Charles Krug is one of the most enchanting St Helena Napa Valley Wineries to explore because of its beautiful and enchanting history, property and Wines. We visited during the holidays using the most wonderful book: St Helena little book of Big Experiences offering 25 experiences which include wine tastings, future barrel tastings and hotel stays. http://experiencesthelena.com/
Charles Krug and Hall Winery were the first two experiences and they are a must see! Make sure to make reservations ahead of time. Pictures are below.
At Charles Krug we enjoyed all the Reserve Tastings and the Barrel Tastings (2015 vintage selection Cabernet Sauvignon 100% Cabernet from Slinson Vineyard in Yountville and 100% Petit Verdot from Lincoln vineyard in Yountville).
Enjoy the Visit!