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A 16: Too Wonderful for Words
A 16 is small, noisy and very hip, but they serve incredible food. Like real Italian food, the secret at A 16 is the freshness of the ingredients and the simplicity of the dishes. It is not about complex sauces, elevation and odd taste combinations. It is about straight-forward, incredible fresh flavors that shine through with perfect clarity.
House cured meats, fresh, wood oven pizzas, wonderful vegetable combinations in delicious broth, unforgettable meat balls. Almost everything is delicious. Every now and then something won't sing, but nobody's perfect.
The wine list is extensive and almost exclusively Italian, but the servers are knowledgeable and helpful. Unfortunately, there are very few bargains on the list, so for those of us on budgets, finding good wine to go with the food can be problematical.
Favorite Dish: There are so many delicious things here that it is hard to go wrong, and choices change all the time, but if they offer, be sure to have the meatballs. They are moist, succulent and flavorful. The thin crust pizza is consistently wonderful.
A16 Restaurant: Fantastic Napoli pizza
Not a spaghetti and veal parmesan house. A16 specializes in the food of southern Italy, particularly, fantastic pizzas, individual style. The menu is varied and exciting, something for every taste and price range, with hearty dinner entrees like pork roast with chestnuts. During lunch, mozzarella and prosciutto are to die for. The wine selection is extensive and wonderful. Love this place.
Favorite Dish: Pizza Margherita is sublime. thin yet crispy chewy crust cooked in wood fired oven for 3 minutes, excellent tomato sauce, 5 little clumps of mozzarella and fresh basil. excellent and affordable. a great meal.
A16 Restaurant: What is an "A16"
To answer the big question: A16 is the road in southern Italy near Naples in Campania region...so we're talking southern Italian food here.
This place is just around the corner from the house, and we've been saying we need to check it out for the past 3 months. On New Year's Eve day (for lunch), we were able to walk right in and get a table.
This place has been a few other restaurants since I first moved here, and they've all been Italian places. All pretty good Italian places too, but A16 is the best. All the reviews and accolades seem to be on the mark. From day 1, the place has been packed and full of the "buzz" that some restaurants seem to attract. The owner/chef has been trained and certified "as a pizzaiolo by the Vera Pizza Napoletana Association, where the art of pizza making is detailed in 40-plus-page manual. Only a few establishments in the United States have sent people to complete the training. "
Check it out if you can get a reservation or try for lunch (Wed-Sun). The pizza was great, appetizers too.
Favorite Dish: We had the proscuitto pizza. It is enough for one person, thin crust, no sauce on this one, and packed full of flavor. The appetizers and salads we tried were great too.
A16: Campanian Cuisine
Great, relatively new spot in the Marina specializing in authentic southern Italian cuisine. They serve brunch, lunch, and dinner. Both the hostess and the waiter provided excellent service. Nice atmosphere; bar in the front, open kitchen in the back, sunny. Moderate prices. Large selection of wines by the glass.
Favorite Dish: The funghi pizza was wonderful; mushrooms, smoked provola, pecorino, mozzarella, drizzled with olive oil. The lamb fennel sausage was another winner!
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A16: Good food in the Marina District
I'm not usually one to hang out in the Marina District, but I'm glad my roomate took me to A16!
The environment was welcoming, people were casually dressed. Wine was flowing and the place was busy...a sign of a place you want to eat! The list of wines available written on a huge chalboard wall, mainly Italian reds and whites but a few California wines were available as well.
The menu had something for everyone! From prosciutto with a fava bean crostini to pizzas to pasta to top sirloin to great desserts. Not too extensive of a menu but plenty of varied items to whet your appetite.
I've been told they are even busier during the week so reservations are recommended BUT it only took us 30 minutes to be seated without reservations.
Favorite Dish: The pork with olives, herbs and chestnuts was wonderful. Also enjoyed the magherita pizza.
And the wines were a mainly Italian with a few California ones thrown in. YUM!
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