Stripped-Down Excellence at Long Bridge Pizza in the Dogpatch

Categories: Dogpatch, Opening

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Pete Kane
The Sausage Pizza at Long Bridge

The Dogpatch is kind of a mystery. It's the city's anti-urban village, largely bereft of conveniences and amenities but increasingly full of great things to eat and drink. And now the explosion of pizza places is no longer limited to Mission's southern tier, with Long Bridge Pizza Company up and running on Third. Sign-less and nondescript from the street, and a little on the drab side overall, it's a commonsense operation that plugs a serious hole on Third Street (nearby Piccino being a somewhat higher-end pizza experience).

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Long Bridge has no liquor license and, for now, only four pretty standard pizzas: Margherita, Pepperoni, Sausage and White. It's a stripped-down menu that reflects a keep-it-simple, do-it-well ethos from people who came from A16, Pizza Hacker and Tony's in North Beach. The "Sausage" is so larded up with ingredients that it's really more of an Everything, with both mozzarella and smoked mozzarella, tomato sauce, sausage, red onion, red bell pepper and Parmesan. (I like when pizza reads my mind; just put the damn Parmesan on!). The smoked mozzarella really came through, the crust scorched just so. After only crumbs remained, the counter guy and both pizzaiolos stared out expectantly, and broke into grins when we gave them a thumbs-up.

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Pete Kane

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Pete Kane

At $12-$14.50 for a small, $22-$26 for a large, the prices appear steep, but the pies are sizeable. (A small can feed two, comfortably, and perhaps consequently, pizza isn't available by the slice.) And Long Bridge delivers -- literally as well as metaphorically. In a perfect world, stoners and night owls would have 24/7 pizza access, but they shutter at a relatively early 9 p.m. (10 on Saturdays) and aren't open Sundays at all. But since nobody moves to the Dogpatch for the ease of living, everyone should be happy that this incubator of culinary creativity has given us another winner.

Long Bridge Pizza, 2347 Third St., 829-2999

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Teresa Secundus
Teresa Secundus

Some places have the option of adding vegan cheese instead. It's really not that much to ask, is all I am saying. I like mom and pop as much as the next person.

Teresa Secundus
Teresa Secundus

Vegan pizza is not unheard of and there should be more options to us. There are not many vegan pizza options in the city and I get tired of eating the same ones. I have a valid complaint, as I am sure there are other lactose intolerant/animal friendly vegans in the city.

Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown

Then don't eat pizza. It's a really small shop that specializes in one thing. I don't go to the hot dog cart & demand a vegan dog. I don't go to Four Barrel & demand tea because I don't drink coffee.

Julie Gengo
Julie Gengo

Another reason to go to the Dogpatch

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