Hey there, San Francisco.
I’m not a food writer. And I’m not very trendy. BUT, I have a food trend for you to consider.
Could regular ole’ cheese pizza be the next big thing in San Francisco?
I’ve been thinking about this recently since getting hooked on the New York, New York pizza from Ragazza (on Divisadero Street). It’s cheesy and greasy and topped with oregano.
For me, right now, it’s the perfect pizza.
Today, I took to Twitter to see if anyone else had a favorite cheese pizza in town. And, incredibly, people had thoughts! Check out the full thread.
Here were some spots that stood out:
Arinell (Valencia St.)
The Pizza Shop (24th St.)
Za Pizza (Russian Hill)
Victor’s Pizza (Polk St.)
Golden Boy (a classic)
Long Bridge (Dogpatch)
So, will my bold prediction play out? Will cheesy pizza be the next San Francisco craze?
Starting on Valentine’s Day (Monday, February 14), they’ll sell pizza by the slice and whole pies from 5 pm to 8 pm.
And there will always be two options–a weekly special and…cheese! 🧀
With that…onto the news…
Top Story: One thing you should know
On Wednesday, a Board of Supervisors committee shelved a proposal by Mayor London Breed aimed at streamlining new housing construction. The charter amendment–dubbed “Affordable Housing Now”–would have let certain development’s over 25 units “circumvent the city’s discretionary review process, cutting a year or two from a [project’s] timeline,” the Chronicle’s J.D. Morris writes.
Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who heads the committee and voted against moving the charter forward, said it “had not been vetted properly with the various community stakeholders it would affect,” Morris writes.
On Twitter, Mayor Breed spoke out against the decision, saying: “San Francisco had a chance to make the most significant change in decades to how we build housing in this City. But it was rejected.”
If passed, residents would have voted on the charter amendment in June.
Quick bits: Bite-sized news stories
👀 On Thursday, the DA’s office brought murder charges against a Colorado man suspected of killing a 15-year-old girl in San Francisco in 1978. According to a press release, the case “sat cold for 43 years until a DNA hit in a genealogy database” linked the suspect to the crime scene. (NBC Bay Area)
😷 Starting next Tuesday (February 1), fully vaccinated people in San Francisco will not be required to wear masks in indoor settings like gyms or offices, “which revives the rules that were present prior to the Omicron surge,” the SF Standard’s Kevin Truong writes. (SF Standard)
🌳 After a $6 million renovation, the Bayview District’s KC Jones Playground reopened last weekend with an updated baseball field, a “bigger and better” playground for kids, and a new exercise area for adults. (Hoodline)
🚽 The underground bathrooms in the Powell Street BART station will reopen on Wednesday, February 2 for the first time in over 20 years, BART president Rebecca Saltzman said on Thursday. All restrooms in BART’s underground stations have been closed since 9/11 due to safety concerns, the agency has said. (Twitter)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse at your leisure
They made millions on 49ers gold jackets in the '80s. Then just like that, they were gone. (SFGATE)
What happens when a pandemic becomes endemic? S.F.’s top health official weighs in (Examiner)
Waymo and Cruise self-driving cars took over San Francisco streets at record levels in 2021 — so did collisions with other cars, scooters, and bikes (Insider)
The Pork Store Cafe Server Who Became a San Francisco Industry Legend (Eater)
Weekend guide: Some things to consider for your weekend ahead
📝 Have a poem written for you. This week, we highlighted traveling poet Ben Bernthal who’s in San Francisco writing custom poems for anyone who wants one. On Saturday, Bernthal will set up outside the Ferry Building starting at 10 am. He also roams Valencia Street (between 17th and 19th) on Friday and Saturday evenings. And on Sunday, he’s known to be at Clement Street Farmers’ Market from 10 am to 2 pm. You can also find where he’s stationed by checking his Instagram stories.
💐 Shop at the Flower Market Fair. Held the weekend before Chinese New Year Day (February 1), the Flower Market Fair will take place this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm in Chinatown. According to the event’s website, the 100+ booths and concession stands will offer “fresh flowers, fruits, candies, and brand new supplies for the home to begin the new lunar year.”
🍔 Head to Alameda. If you’re itching to get out of town, consider heading east. On Thursday, the Chronicle published its “Best Day Ever” guide for Alameda, which is chock full of food and drink ideas for the island chain. Food writer Cesar Hernandez says to start your morning at Crispian Bakery, then head to Spinning Bones for lunch followed by Alley and Vine for dinner.
🏈 And finally…Watch football, again. The 49ers play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at 3:30 pm. The winner goes to the Superbowl. If you don’t have a TV or just want to get out of the house, FunCheap SF has a good list of watch parties, including the outdoor food truck park District Six and Harry’s Bar in the Fillmore. If you do end up at Harry’s, tell them you’re an SF Minute reader to get 10% off!
Alright! That’s all for today. Have a wonderful evening y’all and see you back here tomorrow! - Nick B.