I am so pleased with this find. My dining companion and I happened upon this place during my trip to SF and decided to go in because it looked and smelled promising. Though it was a Monday evening, the place was packed. Luckily, there were two bar seats, which we grabbed quickly (the wait for a table was about 30-45 mins).
First, the wine selection: excellent. I had a glass of prosecco, which turned out to be head and shoulders better than average. My companion had a glass of pinot blanc, which was absolutely delicious, especially with the food we ordered.
The food: superb. We ordered calamari, chicory salad, rock fish pasta, and seafood stew, and all of them tasted fresh and flavorful. The home-made pasta was so perfectly done that my companion raved about it for days. The grilled calamari was both delicate in texture and umami in flavor. The seafood stew had such complex flavors from all the spices in the sauce, which was so beautifully balanced. The dessert was a delightfully light and sumptuous torta, equally well-balanced and delicate in flavor.
One caution. The restaurant, which reminded me of many wonderful NYC restaurants, is very, very packed and the aisles are narrow. There is little space between tables, and the traffic must be negotiated carefully. I had a few narrow-misses every time a server walked by my seat at the bar carrying a full plate or glass. In fact, I heard two crashes (glasses breaking, etc.) behind my back while eating. While it did not take away my appreciation of the place, it did make me wish that the aisles were a bit wider and there were a bit more space between tables.
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