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“Grandioso!”

Vicoletto San Francisco
Ranked #526 of 5,939 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $21 - $21
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Cross street: Jasper Place
Reviewed October 26, 2013

Went with a group of six adults on a week night. Appetizers were shared and all great--very tasty. My gnocchi was one of the best dishes I have had--very light and fresh tasting. The others were also pleased with their orders. The service was superb. That being said it was a week night and not very crowded. It is a fairly small restaurant so reservations would be needed during the high season or weekend.

Thank BarbieC139
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Very busy and quite small modern Italian restaurant. Dined there on a Sunday evening. We had to wait at the bar for our table to be ready but the restaurant was lively and the staff attentive. Perhaps a little noisy for some. Can't fault the food or service, which were both top class. My daughter's mozzarella starter and my lobster ravioli main were really of the highest quality and tasted superb. We loved it.

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Thank spmedcalf01
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We were staying a weekend near Washington Square and were walking the adjacent streets in the evening. The restaurant we thought we might visit was closed and we lucked out by finding Vicoletto.

The place is nothing to look at and seems a little small and, truth be told, ordinary to the casual observer. Two things, however, made us book a table. First we were looking at the window menu and noted a fairly recent newspaper article in which the legendary Tony Bennett sang the praises of the food Vicoletto's kitchen produces. The second was that, as can only happen in Little Italy, one of the boys inside came out to check us out and assure us that the veal was superb that evening...and so was the pork...but not as good as the veal!

We went for a drink then returned for our dinner which was simple, stunning Italian food. We were seated by a family out to celebrate with 3 generations. Vicoletto has a good family atmosphere and when baby began to make a little noise, Grandpa simply took him out to the street to watch what was going on and have a chat. The grizzling soon stopped.

I began with the Mozzarella which is flown in weekly from Italy and was simply beautiful - full of sweet milk, with a lovely texture and matched with slices of meaty tomato and peppery rocket. This was just a delight. I followed this with a lobster and crab ravioli whose pasta was light and whose filling was sweet and soft. The whole table then had the veal specialty which was a slow cooked veal stew with tender cubes of meat set in a rich sauce of wine and herbs, fit to be mopped up with lots of extra bread. An excellent Primitivo set the meal off wonderfully.

None of us could fit dessert and we doggy bagged some of the veal for breakfast next day - it was even better then!

Vicoletto clearly deserved all of the praise given it by Mr Bennett and we are very happy to pass on the recommendation.

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Thank GeoMo
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

We were trying to go to the renowned Sotto Mare Oysteria next door but we were too late and they already had too many people waiting; we looked around and Vicoletto restaurant seemed a good alternative. We asked to be seated outside, the area is very busy with restaurants and bars so it is very entertaining to eat while watching people go by. The menu is not huge and I usually like that as I believe the chef can better perform with fewer dishes and ingredients to play with. We shared the fried zucchini appetizer, served with a reduction of balsamic vinegar. It was very tasty. We then had pasta and again it was very good. The wine selection was also satisfactory and the warm focaccia with olive oil and oregano they bring you instead of the bread was yummie. Our waiter, a young Italian folk from Rome, was attentive but not too intrusive. We chit chatted a bit on how we both ended up in North America from the old continent and gave us a couple of tips on after dinner bars in the area.

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Thank Travelmax71
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Italian isn't my favorite, but my friend wanted to go for her birthday so we went. I was very pleasantly surprised. The menu wasn't huge, but what they had they served up perfectly. It was definitely a choice of quality over quantity. Excellent food, nice selection of wines, decent service (our server forgot to bring us olives we ordered as an appetizer, but in his defense he was basically working the entire place by himself - they could have used more staff). Definitely worth stopping by for a meal.

Thank lrawls
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