I'm originally from the Bay Area, actually San Francisco, born and raised.... I've seen some Burrito comparison charts on Chowhound for Portland and SF. They're funny! It's like trying to compare QE2 to an old fishing boat! Nothing in commmon....
Growing up with half an Italian (that's it-alian, not "I" tal-ion!) family that lived in North Beach, I'm really missing some decent Italian food and goods....
Italian Bakery?? Canoli? ST Honorary cakes? Decent coffee cakes? (Maybe Bernhardt;s on Broadway, but not quite.)
I've been to Pastaworks on Hawthorne which just makes me miss a real Italian Deli even more.... While they have some Italian things, it pretty limited.....and $8 for a tiny Molinari salami!! I used to Pay $8 for an entire stick! I can drive down to SF and buy 3 cases of Salami, tag on the gas cost and add 10% and STILL under cut that kind of price per pound! That's like being violated!
Family/regional style Italian cusine? Not Modern interpetation of Italian food! That's OK and fun, but not the real thing!
Some Abruzzo, Milanese, Genovese, Piedmont, Calabrese, Umbria, etc... Not Chef Bob Smith's version of Veal Scallopini....
BTW, I've never seen a city charge SO much for bread, red sauce and cheese.... yes! I'm talking Pizza! At least $4-8 dollars more here for a large pizza! WHY?? ....lets' not even talk about the quality for that cost.... ;-}
My mother, who lives up here now too, is dying for some Italian and her birthday is coming up.. ;-}
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