I will have several visitors in town this week for a big birthday.
Most nights we'll be doing fancy and/or celebratory things, but on Thursday there will be just (!!) 7 or 8 of us going out for dinner, including my parents.
I'd like something
-- not in North Beach
-- relatively quiet, or at least not noisy
-- accomodates a table for 7 or 8
-- not one of my regulars (which tend to be Pane e Vino, La Cicca, Sausage Factory, Jackson Fillmore, A16, SPQR)
-- straightforward food, preferably southern, nothing too fancy; several in the party have plainer tastes. So good fresh pastas, maybe a nice chicken parmigiana on the menu
I'm considering the following places right now, in this order
-- Poesia (walking distance to my house, but have not tried)
-- Perbacco (which I know and love)
nyone have a strong preference or alternative?
(I'd be interested in Flour+Water but it sounds like a scene and probably too tough to reserve)