Belvedere Ave., in the Belvedere...


October 26, 1991|By Michael Hill


524 E. Belvedere Ave., in the Belvedere Market. Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Call 323-7060.

Subtitled, for some reason, the Al Pacino Cafe, this establishment has received justifiable notice for its pizza. Made in wood-burning ovens, it has brought the California-style designer pizza to town, and the results are admirable.

So a pizza made from a pita bread crust topped with shrimp, cilantro, tomato yogurt curry and yellow squash, served with a side of mango chutney, might not taste like the standard oregano and pepperoni number you're used to. But it's still good. That item, by the way, is called the India and goes for $7.95, the top price for this extensive lineup of large single-serving pizzas.

Egyptian Pizza also offers a wide variety of other dishes from the Middle East that are also available for carryout.

Perhaps the tastiest is baba ghannouj ($3.95), in which baked eggplant is ground with tahini, spices and garlic and topped with olive oil, parsley and dill.

Ordering carryout from Egyptian Pizza comes with one big advantage -- on a busy Friday or Saturday night, when the line for tables goes well out onto the sidewalk, you get to go right to the front, pick up your order and head home to enjoy your meal with no waiting.

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