“Dark Park” & Pizzeria Picco (Downtown Larkspur, CA)
I used to think “Larkspur” and“ ”Larkspur Landing” were one in the same.
I was wrong. Larkspur is a little town with one main drag (Magnolia Avenue) versus Larkspur Landing (a combo of ferry terminal and a cool mall (Marin Country Mart).
So, yesterday, we checked out “Downtown Larkspur” — and it was worth the visit!
We started at Equator Coffees at 240 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA 94939. (Parking on Magnolia Avenue was super-easy at 10:30am when we arrived).
The outdoor umbrella/table scene was lively with locals and their dogs and cyclists:
The Equator coffee team was attentive (they whispered “Do you want whip cream” when I ordered a “kid’s cocoa”).
Their Latte (Oat milk for me) was respectable (with love):
Next we walked over to Dolliver Park. Locals call this “Dark Park” because of the shade from the awesome redwood trees.
You can easily find shade (or sun) and our 6-year old loved climbing on the old tree trunks.
A creek runs alongside Dark Park, attracting our son for a solid 45 minutes.
Pizza on Magnolia Avenue
For food, we walked to Pizzeria Picco on 316 Magnolia Avenue. They don’t take reservations so I lined up at 11:53am for their 12p opening (I was first in line).
We ordered 2 Margharita Pizzas. I’d give the pizza an 8/10 (a little cheesy):
…and this Gem Salad (with both Buttermilk and Vinaigrette dressings on side) was a 10/10 (crispy onion rings and pickled onion on top!):
…and a Shirley Temple and a carafe of Pinot Gris:
They take their wine seriously:
Pizzeria Picco had warm neighbors including this pup:
Though we ate outside, the inside is thoughtfully done with some nice art work:
Things We’ll Do Next Time!
First off, we’d definitely go back to Downtown Larkspur.
A couple of things we’d love to try next time:
Perry’s Restaurant (American Traditional) (234 Magnolia Ave, Larkspur, CA 94939)
Don Antonio (Italian) (455 Magnolia Ave Larkspur, CA 94939)
If you know of any day trips (within 90 minutes) of Oakland/San Francisco, please ping us with a comment. Have fun in Larkspur!