After going by this place for several years, I finally had the occasion to go last weekend. First of all, I generally avoid Russian Hill due to parking difficulties. At any rate, I am surprised this restaurant does not receive higher praise. I suspect some are turned away by the dated signage and awning outside which lends one to suspect this is a relic from the 80's. Nothing could be further from reality.
Started the meal off with a plate of house made tagliatelle tossed with butter and a generous shaving of white truffles. Pasta was prepared to perfection and was the perfect conduit for the truffles. Originally, we had ordered the risotto with white truffles to be shared by our party of four. Perhaps most impressive was our waiter - a few minutes after taking our order, he came back and made the suggestion that we should have the tagliatelle rather than the risotto as the tagliatelle would better showcase the truffles rather than the risotto.
Secondly, my wife and I shared an aragula and fennel salad with baratta cheese. Could not have been better. Finally, I finished with an excellent plate of veal and my wife enjoyed the gnocchi. All said, I would put this up there against most any Italian restaurant in San Francisco.
Excellent neighborhood restaurant, high integrity food, knowledgable and attentive service, overall great find.