It sounds like an academic subject, but it’s not. Pieology, in the Gellert Marketplace in Daly City, is a place for pizza, not studying. Carl Chang, brother of famed tennis player Michael Chang, founded the Southern California-based, fast-casual pizza chain four years ago; today there are 60 restaurants in 11 states. Daly City is the first Peninsula outpost, and Foster City and Palo Alto locations are slated to open soon. Pieology serves stone-oven fired, 12-inch pizzas custom designed by guests from a three-step menu (four if a gluten-free crust is preferred). Diners select a sauce, cheeses and meats, and toppings including fruits and vegetables. Pizzas might be basic (olive oil and ricotta cheese) or complex (fiery buffalo sauce, gorgonzola cheese, bacon, artichokes, pineapple, banana peppers). The restaurant claims more than 13 trillion topping combinations are possible, though the figure seems a little high for math averse patrons. For the pizza averse, design-your-own-salads are an option. Folks who aren’t into do-it-yourself may choose from the menu of seven already designed “pieologists’ favorites” pizzas or two salads.
309 Gellert Blvd., Suite A, Daly City; (650) 7571270. Pieology.com
Full House is open in Burlingame, replacing Five A’s Cafe on El Camino Real. More than 150 Chinese cuisine favorites are on the menu. Potstickers are a popular starter, as are cold plates, such as tofu with preserved eggs or jelly mushroom salad. Dumplings, noodles and rice platter options are plentiful. Shanghai steamed dumplings (also known as xiao long bao) are crowd pleasers. Main plate choices include volcano chicken, tea smoked duck and braised pork knuckle, which must be ordered in advance. Along with a unique section devoted to Chinese barbecue, the menu also includes choices for vegetarians (though some of the vegetable dishes include meat). Dessert is not offered, although fried-to-order Chinese doughnuts (savory treats meant for dunking in soy milk) are available.
1851 El Camino Real, Burlingame; (650) 697-4588. Fullhouseburlingame.com
Foster City and Palo Alto
With summer nearing, it’s time to start eating outside. The Bay Area-wide mobile food market Off the Grid has two new weekly events on the Peninsula, both from 5 to 9 p.m. On Wednesdays, the market is at Leo J. Ryan Park near Foster City’s lagoon, and Mondays, it’s outside Palo Alto’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. Expect live music, activities such as bocce ball, and, most importantly, delicious fare from Oaxacan Kitchen, Hula Truck and Fins on the Hoof food trucks.
Chatime, the Taiwan-based international boba tea chain (which boasts using high-tech tea machines to consistently make high-quality fresh teas) has a new café in Millbrae. A wide variety of fruit teas, milk teas and jelly teas are offered, along with custom toppings such as tapioca pearls and red beans. Guests may choose their drink’s sweetness level when ordering at the counter before enjoying their tea at one of the few tables inside or outside.
105 Park Blvd., Millbrae; (650) 231-2372. Ichatime.com