I went to Il Borgo on Laguna St. in Hayes Valley last night with two friends. We were there on the later side (arrived at 9) but had a very nice meal. The three of us split the mixed greens salad, the fusilli with eggplant/tomato sauce, and a margherita pizza.
The salad was good, contained various greens and some chopped tomatoes. The dressing was a bit heavy on olive oil, but good - also quite garlicky. We enjoyed this.
The fusilli was my favorite. The tomato sauce was very good, and I am eager to go back to Il Borgo to try other dishes with their tomato sauce. The eggplant was tender and sweet, and the dish was topped with lots of mozzarella cheese. Delicious.
The pizza was the weakest dish in my opinion. It was freshly baked, but as one friend described it, it for some reason wasn't quite hot enough. Also, I thought the crust was pretty disappointing - not crispy, but not really soft either. Just sort of plain and "nothing special." I was hoping for more out of a freshly made pizza.
Service was incredibly friendly, and I really liked the vibe in the restaurant. A very nice neighborhood feel.
Sharing was no problem at all (we all had our own small plates) and the total bill was 31 dollars before tip. It was a perfect amount of food for 3 of us.
Looks like there was a chowdown there a year and a half ago: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/43365
And there have been many mentions since then too. Still, I had never heard of this place until yesterday. I'm glad I got to try it.
500 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102