My buddy and I arrived soaking wet, having walked up Third Street from AT&T Park after game 7 of the 2012 NLCS. I remembered seeing a favorable review of this restaurant on SF's PBS station, and decided to duck in out of the rain and try it. It was late on a Monday evening, yet we were greeted most graciously, helped with our coats, and treated to a great time by owner Massimo Ballerini and his small staff. We warmed up and celebrated the Giants' win with hearty bowls of tortellini and penne with mushroom cream sauce, a satisfying glass of Super-Tuscan Sangiovese/Merlot, tiramisu, and grappa to finish. The trattoria is tiny and minimally decorated; disco music and florescent lights from the open kitchen create an informal, convivial atmosphere, perfect for the occasion. It's a great little place with an owner who really cares about his customers.
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