Ate two monthly specials, (not very much) broccoli pizza and Penne Arrabiata, starting with better-than-remembered CooCoo Clams. Just about perfect Tommaso's meal, marred only by a very drunk and loud woman, whom, had I been Agostino, I'd have tossed. (Kearny below Broadway, North Beach)
Merenda: Finally got around to this place in our neighborhood, on Union at Octavia. Prices are determined by number of courses and we ended up having 3 apiece and over-spending a bit.
Highlights: exceptionally good, juicy chicken sausages with a nice complementary raw, daikonlike radish garnish; wonderful seafood appetizer of tiny spiedini of grilled baby squid pieces, smoked ahi with oiled crostini, and white anchovies; a good, almost stewlike black-peppery soup of cabbage, butternut squash, and huge white beans; and a very generous serving of chicken breast with brussels sprouts, blood oranges, and filberts. Other dishes were good, not exciting.