The Forge's patio area, ready for action. [Photo: The Forge/Facebook]
According to their Facebook page, new Jack London square pizza spot The Forge swung open its doors yesterday for lunch. The brainchild of chef Jeffrey Amber (XYZ, Chow), pizza consultant Jeff Krupman (otherwise known as the Pizza Hacker), and pizzaiolo Jeff Hayden (Boot & Shoe Service), in addition to owners Michael Karp and Bob Burke, The Forge specializes in California-style pizza with a crust based on Tartine's country loaf recipe. As Grub Street reported last week, the space overlooks the Bay, and they'll have a handful of outdoor fire pits-cum-pizza ovens for private parties.
On the pizza side, offerings include the Pancetta, with long-cooked broccoli and Calabrian peppers; the Guanciale, with olives, leeks, and chicories; and a pepperoni pie with housemade pepperoni (really more like an uncased, crumbled spicy sausage). They also offerstarters like smoked chicken wings, fried cheese curds, and a Green Goddess salad, as well as four non-pizza entrees (a burger, a daily fish, meatballs, and chicken pot pie). Most dishes are under $15.
For drinks, there's a full bar with a handful of simple cocktails like the Devil's Slipper (tequila, hibiscus, agave), and a Dark & Stormy, as well as a selection of primarily Italian and American wines and 11 draft beers from the likes of Almanac, Heretic, and Drake's. Desserts are simple fare like banana pudding and chocolate cheesecake.
· The Forge opens to the public [Facebook]
· First Look at the Forge, Opening Next Week in Oakland [Grub Street]