Yesterday, we decided to give Piazza Peligrini a try. Located on Columbus near Filbert, several restaurants have come and gone in this location, which was once a hardware store that "complimented" Figone Hardware on Grant.
The space has been nicely renovated and is very smart in appearance. We had to eat early and arrived at 6:30. During our meal, there were only 3 other tables occupied the place was empty.
Two of us shared Timballo di Vedura antipasti described as layers of grilled vegetables, tomatoes and mozzarella mostly because is was recommended by the waiter. It was a nice presentation, with the stack surrounded by confetti of tomato dice and drips of herb-infused olive oil. The vegetables eggplant, zucchini and another type of squash that had a very tough skin were okay, but there was no cohesion to this dish. Also, I may be ignorant about this, but every timballo that I have had in Europe was something that was baked in a ramekin. This was just a loosely stacked stack.
My partner ordered the Salmone con caponata and enjoyed it, although a few of the baby potato wedges seemed to be left over from lunch a little tough and reduced flavor.
I had the Crab Ravioli special, served in a tomato cream sauce that had a nice crab bisque flavor. The ravioli were house made with spinach dough. They were average sized and I think that there were only 8, and as they were so good, 8 was not enough. Good thing that there was plenty of bread to sop up the great sauce.
We shared a dessert profiteroles with hazelnut gelato. Again it was a nice presentation and the hazelnut gelato was wonderful, but the puffs, while not soggy, were a little damp.
My partner did not want wine, so I drank two glasses of the Cloverdale Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon which was quite good.
The service was friendly and professional, but there was a very subtle version of the North Beach hustle on the outside of the restaurant.
The bill for two, including tax and tip was $76, which was quite reasonable. While not everything about this meal was great, I am guessing that if one knows what to choose on the menu, one could have an excellent meal for a reasonable price in this beautiful restaurant.
Next time, I will follow the waiters wine recommendations but not his food recommendations, no matter how cute he is.
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