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A16 report

Robert Lauriston | Sep 5, 200401:09 PM

Finally made it to A16 Friday night.

Pizza marinara ($8): great. Might be the best Italian-style pizza we've had in the U.S.

Burrata ($10): also great. Where do they buy this? The waitress said they fly it in daily from L.A.

House marinated olives ($2): OK, bit bland, not as good as Incanto's.

Ciccioli ($7.50): pork rilettes, basically. Good texture, a bit bland, boring compared with the coppa di testa from Oliveto or Incanto.

Maccheronara with tomato ragu and ricotta salata ($13): very good but I'd have used more cheese.

Mezzi rigatoni with octopus ($13): good but oddly sweet. Not as good as a similar dish we had at Incanto.

Braised pork breast ($17.50): perfectly cooked but a bit bland, not nearly as good as Incanto's braised pork.

Cheese plate ($12): a couple of nice pecorinos and a goat cheese. Good but after the burrata I was expecting something amazing.

Drank a fabulous 2003 Taburno falanghina ($24) and a 2003 Argiolas Costamolino vermentino ($18).

I didn't like atmosphere--jammed, roaring, sweltering. Luckily we got seated in the back enclosed patio, so it was a bit cooler and quieter, unfortunately the metal seats were very uncomfortable. Overall it didn't remind me of anyplace I ever ate in Italy.

I'll happily go back sometime outside of peak dinner hours to taste wine and eat pizza at the bar, but for a proper dinner I'll stick with Incanto and Oliveto.

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