Went to Frascati on Hyde and Green (Russian Hill) last night with 3 friends and had such a wonderful time. Not sure if everyone knows this already, but they really know how to do things there. I'll just list out what I tried and what it was like:
Venison Carpaccio - so soft, delicate, and paper thin with a little kick of lemon or something over it. Served with roasted bell peppers and parmesan. The bell peppers was nice to have a different taste contrast, but it didn't make the best combination with the venison.
Gnocchi Appetizer with trumpet mushrooms and butternut squash - the gnocchi aren't what I am used to at home, these were softer and didn't hold up as the denser ones I like. The mushrooms and squash surprisingly didn't over power the dish, it was just perfect.
Beet Salad with goat cheese- yellow chuncks and thinly sliced red beets were delicious. The yellow ones much sweeter and made for great presentation.
Lobster risotto with crab (and other stuff) - Delicious! I was able to tell that the the risotto was creamy because of preparation and not added cream and butter so the lobster wasn't too rich which makes my stomach turn. All flavors were able to stand out individually.
Salmon with braised endive and blood orange basil buerre blanc- the buerre blanc was to die for! A great combination of punch and sweetness and was great with the salmon. There were also chunks of a more tart blood orange to off set the sweetness. I didn't care for the braised endive, but don't really like endive as it it. It tasted like burned bittnerness. Oh, and mashed potato and parsnips too. Creamy but still had substance because of the parsnips.
The boys had the short ribs with horsradish mashed potatos but didn't share (not that I could handle much more food!)
Wines were really well priced. Nothing cheap but definately not over priced, many great bottles in the $30-40 price range.
2 Appetizers, 3 salads, 4 entrees, 1 dessert, 2 bottles of Wine and one Pabst Blue Ribbon (one picky male eater) totaled $240 with tax, not tip. It felt like relaxed fine dining and pricing seemed to be just that as well. Not $800+ like Danko, but it was no casual neighborhood restaurant.
I could go on and on about the night but I wont, just go there!