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Small plates with panache: Pesce

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Small plates with panache: Pesce

beanbag | Feb 14, 2004 05:52 PM

I really enjoyed the recent meal I had at Pesce, the Venetian "cichetti" seafood tapas concept place on Polk St. It's been mentioned a bunch on this board but I thought I'd chime in with some current praise. The menu is dominated by the varied and interesting cichetti list, mainly seafood-based. We found that four cichetti (including one pasta) were plenty for 2 people, and I thought it a great value for the quality of the food. The swordfish rolls are a flavor explosion, draped in a light fresh topping of capers, olives, lemon and herbs. Anchovy bruschetta with roasted red peppers and shredded lettuce was light, fresh, salty and sweet. Linguini in a white wine sauce with crab was fresh, juicy and reminded me of many a sun-kissed lunch on my trip to the Amalfi Coast. The wine list offers plenty of nice choices by the glass -- a Soave Classico accompanied my meal very well. Service at the bar was friendly and knowledgable, and the number of regulars who dine alone there and are on a first-name basis with the waitstaff was pretty impressive and a good sign about the place.

With all the hype about "small plates", this is a place that delivers on the promise, without compromising its authenticity.

Pesce
2227 Polk Street
415 928-8025

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