James Freeman Is Obsessed With Pizza


Man cannot live on coffee alone, even if that man is James Freeman. What else gets him going? Pizza, an obsession he shares with his four-year-old son and frequent dining companion, Dashiell.

“Aside from the usual suspects—including A16, where I’ve had some blindingly perfect pies—there are a couple of places where Dashiell and I go for pizza in the city. I live in Nopa [the neighborhood], so we often go to Nopa [the restaurant]. Though it’s technically not a pizza place, their flatbread is cooked thin in a wood-burning oven. We get there at 5:50—they usually have a spot or two at what they call the chef's counter, right in front of the oven. The chef often smuggles a little dish of house-cured bacon out for us to snack on before the rest of our dinner arrives. We like to hit Pizzetta 211 where we usually go for the white anchovy or pine nut, rosemary and egg pie. I’ll always finish with an espresso and biscotti—it’s my favorite biscotti ever, and it took ten solid months of begging to get them to bake an extra batch for us to sell at the Blue Bottle kiosk in Hayes Valley.”

A16, 2355 Chestnut St., 415-771-2216
Nopa, 560 Divisadero St., 415-864-8643
Pizzetta 211, 211 23rd Ave., 415-379-9880

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