When we stay in the Bay Area over Christmas we’ve gone to the Mission Ranch and then to Midnight Mass at the Basilica for, at least, the last 10 years. As I am of Italian decent, my parents born in Italy, and go to Italy every year, I love Italian food. Have usually eaten on Fisherman’s wharf & pasta/seafood dishes are mediocre in my opinion and I do not think any of those touristy places have an Italian in the kitchen. Why is this important to me. We live in the SF Bay area and most of the restaurants in the North Beach/Little Italy area may have Italian owners and some Italian waiters, but most of the cooks are Latin. I do not mean to infer this in a prejudicial manner as, although I speak Italian, I’m fairly fluent in Spanish too having lived and worked in Latin America for 2 years and absolutely love Buenos Aires, maybe 40% Italian decent. Now, these Latin cooks were obviously trained by Italians but in my opinion, yup, I know I’m biased, the dishes don’t come out as if they were cooked by an Italian, native born would be nice but an American Italian is fine too. On the restaurant website I read this was a family owned business and seeing some of the names I assumed they were Italian but no where did it mention it in the “About US” link. I really would advise this restaurant to advertise that “We have an Italian cooking in the kitchen”. I’m telling them that just this comment would attract more Italian tourists either from Italy or American born. There was a waiter there who was from Calabria(my father was born there) and another gentleman in the kitchen---I told him he looked like Joe Pesci…who was from near Mondello, a delightful seaside village west of Palermo. I think some prospective Italian speaking customers would like to converse in there language. Anyway, “basta” (enough already).
We read the reviews of this restaurant and most were deservingly positive. We loved the environment and the Spaghetti with Meatballs & Sausages & Linguini with Seafood both made me feel very nostalgic as these plates “Erano deliziose come facevano le mie Nonna e Mamma” (as my Grandma & Mother used to make). In Italy there is an expression “Fare la Scarpetta”(little shoe) which means to scoop up the sauce. Not only with tasty hummus appetizer, we did that with the delicious bread both on the salad dressing vinagreta & sauces from the pasta. Many in Italia consider “La Scarpetta” the best part of the meal. I remember my Mamma used to say as she kept eating and eating and we asked why & she responded “per togliermi lo sfizio”. The word “sfizio” is not easy to translate but remember a potato chip company ad was that they bet you could not eat just one and like eating peanuts, it’s not easy to stop. There is another Italian saying which may help to explain “lo sfizio” and it’s “l’appetitio viene mangiando”-one’s appetite increases eating and it was never more evident than in this wonderful “ristorante” ! Although in the SF area the past 40 years, I was brought up on the East Coast and the quaint town of Pacific Grove reminds me of so many coastal towns in the East like Kennybunkport and Ogunquit in Maine, Cape Cod in Mass, Long Island in NY etc. I will gladly recommend this restaurant to all my friends who visit the Carmel/Monterey Area & will look forward to returning to Favaloro’s to try many more inviting dishes.
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