My mom and I had a late lunch today at Bella Trattoria. A first time for both of us, we enjoyed the intimate setting and white tablecloth/napkins at mid-day.
We split a warm spinach salad topped with shavings of parmesan. Actually hot, the baby spinach leaves were wilted and then some. But the freshness of the prep and just the right amount of salt and good olive oil made it sing.
Mom has the burro e salvia butternut squash mezzeluna. She's not one for butter sauces, so I was a little surprised she ordered this. But she liked it, especially the toasted pignoli strewn on top and the fried sage leaves. I thought the butter could have been more browned and toasted. She said she was going to try to make this dish at home using wonton wrappers.
I had the spaghetti tonno -- loved the firmness of the housemade pasta. At first I was disappointed that the tomato sauce with yellowfin tuna and salty olives lacked a bit of chili piquancy, but the tart freshness of the tomato hit an appropriate counterpoint.
The bread is soft here. It's served hot with a bit of olive oil for dipping.
Our lunch was $31, including tax and tip, great value. Service was friendly and gracious.
Bella Trattoria Italiana
3854 Geary Blvd. (at Third Ave.)
San Francisco, CA 94118
P.S. For those looking for a dinner venue for tonight, the restaurant still had tables at 9:30pm and 10pm open. Prix fix menu, $45.