I don't usually do reviews, but on this one, I just had to.
Based on a few reviews on Chowhound, I decided to take my husband here for his birthday.
I was looking for something small and intimate, rather than a high charged, more contemporary
What a delicious, delicious meal. The petrale sole I had was just exceptional, my husbands carbonara
had this wonderful woody, nutty flavor, both of our fresh pastas were perfectly cooked.
Since it was a special occasion, I mentioned it in the note section on the Open Table reservation. I usually do that for a special occasion, but almost never am I given any special table, in an intimate corner.
But at Venticello, we were shown to a lovely corner table with the only view of the bay in the restaurant.
And then we were brought the best Tiramisu (something I usually find uninspiring ) I have ever had, as a complimentary dessert for the occasion.
Service was relaxed and easy. Our server was attentive but didn't hover.
It was truly a pleasure to go to a small, solid neighborhood restaurant, without all the hoopla and bells and whistles that so often accompanies eating out. It was just a very satisfying, genuine evening. This will become a regular spot for us.
As part of the celebration we stayed at the Huntington, another truly old school experience. Strolling back from Venticello to the Big 4 bar, was just the right note to end a perfect evening.
I give this little place the highest recommendation. Not sure how packed they are on a Friday night, I hope there is a line out the door. There should be. Places like this need foodie support!
1257 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94108