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Il Davide - San Rafael - Marin

Sixy beast | Mar 30, 200509:34 AM

901 A St San Rafael, CA 94901 (415) 454-8080

When I think about it, it's odd that, until now, I have never written about Il Davide. When I first met Fred almost two years ago, Il Davide was probably the first place we went to lunch together. He would take me there at least twice a week. I am sure I have eaten in this classic Italian at least one hundred times. Unlike Fred who is a creature of habit, I am far more fickle, always in need of new experiences, change and variety. After a while I had to limit our visits to once a week. Once I had eaten my way around the entire menu several times I had to limit our visits even further and now we only pop in for lunch once every three weeks or so.

The result of dining here less often is that I am much better disposed in my feelings towards Il Davide now. Although nothing they have on their menu is ever likely to suprise me, I now look forward to our less regular visits.

Fred rarely detracts from an order of Il Davide's Orrechietti served with a ragu of veal, prosciutto and herbs in a light tomato cream sauce (photo). Although this dish is usually too rich for me to consume at lunch time, I can vouch for the fact it is delicious. I can see why he loves it so much. Fred hastens to add, however, that this dish is not always consistent. He can tell if it is a freshly made batch or not. For the record, Fred told me he prefers it when it arrives a little older, after it's had time to develop its flavours, when it's been reheated and is a little more crispy and well cooked.

Other dishes I am fond of at Il Davide include their fresh seafood pastas specials, their tuna sandwich on foccacia, their crab ravioli and their lamb salad.

At lunch, all of the pastas are a set price of $11.95 including a soup or a salad.


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