A Trio of Openings in San Anselmo


A salad with a side of bread from M.H. Bread and Butter. Photo from Facebook.


Louise Franz; photo from Pizzalina blog.

Up in San Anselmo, there’s a whole bunch of ovens firing up over the next few months, from pizza to gluten-free goodies. Here’s the scoop on where to get your carbs on north of the Golden Gate.

As reported in tablehopper in April, the new pizza spot ~PIZZALINA~ from Louise Franz has moved into a former Round Table Pizza spot in San Anselmo. After what sounds like a little bit of chef drama, they officially opened up on September 26th, with a new chef at the helm. His name is Robbie Starr, and he previously worked at Boca Pizzeria in Corte Madera and Novato. The pizzas are baked in a Mugnaini wood-fired oven, and there are rotating daily specials in addition to the regular menu options. You can take a look at the current menu here. The wine selection, which was curated by Franz’s brother Sean Crowley, is focused on California, Marin, and Italian wines, and many of the wines are on tap. There are also local beers on tap as well as some bottle options. Check out the full list here. They’re open Sun-Thu 11am-9pm and Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. 914 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Shaw, San Anselmo, 415-256-9780.

In mid-October, San Anselmo will be getting a new bakery of the gluten-free variety. ~FLOUR CRAFT BAKERY~ is Marin’s first entirely gluten-free bakery, according to baker and owner Heather Hardcastle. She has been eating gluten-free for more than ten years, which is quite an accomplishment for a CIA-trained pastry chef, and wants to demonstrate that gluten-free baking can be delicious to the unconverted among us. There will be a variety of housemade pastries, fresh bread, cakes, and desserts, as well as coffee from Sightglass and teas from Sky-Tea. There will be seating both indoors and out, so you can eat there or take your goodies to go. There’s a Kickstarter campaign until October 27th, if you’d like to support the project. The bakery’s hours haven’t been determined yet, but you can follow their progress on Facebook. 702 San Anselmo Ave. at Tamalpais, San Anselmo, 415-289-2110.

Also in San Anselmo, check out the upcoming ~M.H. BREAD & BUTTER~ from co-owners Nathan Yanko, a baker formerly of Tartine, and Devon Crosby-Helms, a personal chef who ran her own business. They met their Kickstarter goal in September and plan to open in early 2013. They will be selling their breads as well as an array of salads, sandwiches, breakfast items, pastries, and, three days a week, wood-fired pizzas. Crosby-Helms has a background in gluten-free and vegan baking, and many of their options will accommodate special diets. They haven’t settled on hours yet, but keep checking their website and Facebook page for emerging details. 556 San Anselmo Ave. at Magnolia, San Anselmo. No phone yet.