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Delarosa [San Francisco]

whiner | Nov 19, 2011 10:13 AM

I've wound up eating through at least half the menu here over the past week and a half. Long story.

Anyway, this is a vibrant, inexpensive 18yo to early-40's-believing-they-are-still-32 hang out in the Marina, open until 1am with mostly excellent Italian-inspired food. The one dud for me was the polenta with gorgonzola. The highlights have been the meatballs in spicy marinara ($6), the goat cheese and red pepper pannini (with onion and roasted garlic) ($11), the garganelli (a type of pasta) with porcini, pancetta and sage ($11), and the large arugula salad served exactly as it ought to be -- with a little shaved fennel, some regiano parmesan, salt, pepper, lemon juice and evoo and that is it. ($10 for the large, $6 for the small). Very accommodating for to-go orders. Excellent beer list, and reasonable wine list, though not nearly as impressive as the beer list.

For a place that you can walk in for dinner, get a $6 appetizer, an $11 main course (the most expensive thing on the menu is $16), feel stuffed to the gills, and have had terrific and, frankly, nourishing, food... this is really quite incredible.

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Delarosa
2175 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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