Restaurants & Bars 5

Zuppa, San Francisco

Melanie Wong | Dec 26, 2005 12:30 PM

This will be quick since I didn't like it much. Fun and noisy energy in the room, the tables in the center are very close together and the man at the next table poked his Harris tweed elbow into my pizza when he stood up.

Portions are enormous, the salad portion below is HALF of an order split in the kitchen. It was underdressed, wilted, rusty, and tough.

We let our server pick the salumi for us. Coppa was fine, mortadella was dried out and stiff.

Pizza was weird. Very wet and soggy on top with puddles of sauce, and hard and tough crust with a pinched ridge on the rim, presumably to keep the sauce from sliding off. The kitchen lost the pizza order, and we could see other tables being served ahead of us. By the time it was fired and served, the others at the table were done eating.

I had a bite of the roasted beets and some of the potato side. Both were underseasoned and the beets were crunchy, not a good thing in my book.

My friends had picked the wine before I arrived. The 2001 Dolcetto from Rocche dei Manzoni still had nice fruit and fullness but had a premature aged and oxidative character as if it had been stored at too warm of temperature.

I don't see any reason to return.


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