A new pop-up pizza operation is about to move into a brick and mortar at 422 Larkin Street in San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood, just 0.4 miles from NEMA San Francisco. Outta Sight was started in 2020 during the height of the pandemic. Long time buddies Eric & Peter decided to make pizza with a focus on helping their communities. This means supporting local businesses, providing a positive work atmosphere, paying employees a livable wage, and always pushing to be better!
Owner Eric Ehler and business partner Peter Dorrance, who met while working at Michelin-starred Chinatown restaurant Mister Jiu’s, plan to open the 25-seat pizzeria in August. Ehler was most recently the executive chef at Four Point Beer Company and has also helped create the menu at Lazy Susan. Prior to that, he was a sous chef at Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown, where he met Dorrance. Working together on Outta Sight, they began slinging their elevated pizzas at Pizzahacker on Mission Street, before moving to Fig & Thistle in Hayes Valley last year.
Outta Sight is currently serving up whole pizzas at Fig & Thistle wine bar in Hayes Valley 5 nights a week, but the new Larkin slice shop will be focused on thin, New York-style pizza by the slice. Their Orchard Pie creation, which mimics the famous breadsticks at Olive Garden, will be offered at the new location. Ehler plans to take advantage of the shop’s proximity to the Civic Center farmers’ market for a vegan pie piled high with the best seasonal produce. It will be a cheese-less slice.
Ehler isn't afraid to play around with the pizza form and non-traditional toppings. His spin on a margherita, the Marge, is about as true-to-form as they come — with dough, sauce, cheese, basil, olive oil, salt. "The final product is perfect," Ehler said on Instagram.
There are expected to be nine pizza varieties by the slice offered up daily, from a classic mushroom white pizza to square Sicilian-style pies. At the brick-and-mortar shop, slices will be the name of the game, though you can still get whole pies. "Slice culture is beautiful," Ehler said, speaking to the Chronicle last year. "You can grab a quick slice and walk/skate away with it and crush it in seconds… It is the ultimate street food."
Outta Sight may later dabble in East Coast pizzas that are hard to find in the Bay Area, like the upside-down Sicilian, baked with cheese on the bottom and sauce on top, or Jersey-style tomato pies, thin-crust creations garnished first with the toppings, then sauce.
The Larkin Street slice shop could open as soon as August and they currently have no plans to stop selling their pizza at Fig & Thistle at 429 Gough Street from 5pm - 9:30pm on Tuesday through Saturday. For the updated menu, visit www.figandthistlesf.com/menu. Check instagram @thatsouttasight for updates.
Image credit: Outta Sight Pizza
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