I finally got to La Ciccia last Friday with some friends.
I think this is now my favorite Italian restaurant in SF.
Can't believe it took this long to try it.
First off, this place really knows how to cook seafood. Every single item of seafood was cooked absolutely to perfection.
This was a big dinner -- too much food, we should have shared the pasta courses -- but it we wanted to try a lot of things...
For starters, I shared broiled monterey squid and a special of sardine fillets. Both were absolutely perfect. I have tried to broil those little squids myself, and it is hard to get it right. Very easy to overcook or undercook. And if it's not cooked right, it's hard for me to eat -- tastes nasty. But I saw plate after plate of perfect squid come out of that kitchen. The sardines were also perfect. Wonderfully seasoned, a touch spicy, and again, cooked perfectly.
Also, delicious home-made southern-italian style bread. Yum.
For pasta they had a special -- rigatoni with a lamb ragu. Just amazing, again perfectly cooked.
My main course was a sea bream over greens with olives. Again, perfectly cooked, as were the greens underneath. The portion was quite large -- two big pieces each over greens. A portion with just one would have been acceptable, and declicious as it was, I couldn't finish it.
For dessert we shared their home-made gelato, also fantastic. My favorite flavor was a marsala raisin. Best ice cream I've had in some time.
Add to this that the service was friendly, the vibe relaxed. This is one of those places you walk in and everybody seems happy to be there and having a good time.
I'm late to the party, but glad I arrived.
291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131