I waited for just the right folks to take to Delfina, another couple who I knew would taste and share, and it was SO worth the wait. The service was excellent, although we probably got special treatment due to a SF hospitality industry connection.
Here's the chow..Little gem lettuce with gorgonzola vinegrette. 4-5 baby romaine heads with a light simple dressing. Best I've had since Chez Panisse Cafe's green goddess. Cauliflower soup- very good very thick, straightforward. Grilled octopus with white beans and frisse. I've yearned for this dish from the first time I read about it hear and it was that good. Rich white beans with garliic, toothsome octopus charred and smokey.
Pastas: Wide noodles with Pork Sugo. I wish I had any idea why this was so fantastic. Pasta cooked perfectly, small portion of braised meat, very lightly sauced, and together just amazing. Probably a touch of nutmeg. Spaghetti with tomato sauce was very good. Bright tomato flavor with a nice touch of red pepper. Gnocchi (complements of the house)with chanterelles. Perfectly prepared tender with lemon butter sauce and a bit of wilted greens.
Mains: The duck and hanger steak were great. The tuna with beans had a delicious garlic crust, and the Hake crusted with fennel seed and olive and served on braised fennel was transcendent.
Dessert: Espresso profiterols with warm chocolate sauce. Perfect pastry, slightly bitter ice cream, rich sauce. We debated licking the plate. Panne cotte with pommegranite (we did lick the plate!) and a white truffle rice pudding. Everyone was intriqued, and it definately worked but the rich earthiness of the truffles was a bit hard to place with dessert. Started with a strong truffle flavor, then vanilla bean, then sweetness. Complimentaty Proseco closes a wonderful, wonderful meal.
Reservations made for the next visit on the way out the door!