Before we moved to our current apartment on a little alley off of Hyde Street, we used to make the 8 block trek to Za Pizza on Hyde at least once a week. Sometimes we would stay and have a beer and other times we would take our slices to go. Every time we made the trip to Za, I would stare at one of the apartment buildings across the street with blue shutters and dream about living there. Hyde Street is lined with ficus trees and always feels like a festive place to be, partly because of the crazy tourists always riding by on the cable car, whooping and hollering like hammered teenagers on a roller coaster. I would dream about what it would be like to live in the best location on earth - across from Za Pizza.
Now we live a stone's throw from Za and all my dreams have come true. Having people over and everyone's hungry and you have no food?? Send them to Za. Get home from work late and in the mood for a quick slice of heaven? Za is the answer. Need to figure out dinner but True Detective starts in five minutes??? GO TO ZA.
Pizza is pizza though so you should probably go for a walk to help balance things out. We like to go up to this place on Taylor and Vallejo. I'm pretty sure it has a name, but we just call it the view spot. Sometimes we bring beer.
On Thursdays in the summer, the owner of Za picks up peaches from the farmers' market. The slice of the day on these Thursdays is Peach Pie. I still remember my first slice of Peach Pie. It blew my mind. Organic peaches, canadian bacon, and basil. SO GOOD.
I tried to re-create this peachy cheesy goodness at home on toasted bread. It did not disappoint.
Slice bread into thick slabs. Brush a little bit of olive oil on the bread and toast on a hot skillet, a couple of minutes on each side. Arrange slices of cheese (I used mozzarella) on toasted bread, and top the cheese with sliced peaches. Heat tartines under hot broiler until cheese gets melty and slightly blistered. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with flaky sea salt, and top with fresh basil. ENJOY!