I had my first meal at Incanto on Friday and had a "where have you been all my life?" experience.
Obviously, I really enjoyed what I had on that visit (cardoons with lemon and anchovy, capunti with lamb sugo, rice pudding with rhubarb), but now I am wondering what to try next.
The menu currently on the website (see link below) is very close to the one I saw on Friday.
Ordinarily, I can narrow things down by eliminating things that I can get anywhere else and/or are easy for me to replicate at home. The menu at Incanto, however, offers so many things that I would not or could not easily make, that I had a very hard time deciding that night. Now the task is made only slightly easier by eliminating the items I've already tried.
If you were a solo diner, which of the dishes would you go for? Why?
Thanks for the input!
Edit: I forgot to mention the wine selections, all 3 of which were great, and 2 of which went very well with the dishes they were paired with. In order:
2006 Monchiero Carbone Roero Arneis Recit - Minerality stood up well to, but didn't clash with, the citrus and fish notes in the cardoon appetizer.
2005 Arnaldo-Caprai Montefalco Rosso - Rich, medium-full body with a lot of cherry and plummy fruit and just enough acidity to give it some structure. I really enjoyed this wine on its own. I noticed that the acidity came on too strong (to my taste, anyway) while eating the pasta, but I should note that I've noticed that my mouth has become sensitive to acidic foods over the past year or so.
2006 Cascina Ca’ Rossa Brachetto "Birbét" - Lovely rosey bouquet. Sweet, but not too sweet, gently effervescent, and enough crispness to balance out the richness of the rice pudding. Hands down the best pairing of the evening for me. The floral bouquet and crispness of the wine went hand in hand with the subtle sweetness of the pudding. I almost bought a bottle on the spot (assuming they would have let me).
Incanto Restaurant & Wine Bar
1550 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94131
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