I made reservations online from their website for two the day after Thanksgiving because we didn't have to work Fri 11/24 and if we go during the commute hr from the East Bay we can save $3 on bridge toll.
They emailed me that we had reservations which was great, then the day of the dinner they called to confirm we'd be there. I had to call them back to confirm since I stepped out of the house and didn't get the message until I got back.
We got there and the table was ready for us. We were placed in the Dante's Room which is a smaller, quieter room then the main dining area. They offer to take your coats which is nice, but when you want to leave you have to remind them of the coats and have to wait until someone brings it to you.
Free litre of Hetchy Hetchy water (still or sparkling) is brought out, supposedly refills are given, but we didn't get any refills.
Free bread: sourdough, focaccia, and breadsticks are given w/ an olive tapenade. I love the breadsticks and olive dip. didn't care much for the breads, though I still ate some of them too. We got a refill on breads though.
Antipasto platter (for 2) of house-cured meats & mustard, roast garlic & marinated vegetables $18. I don't know what the marinated veggie was just some kind of leafy green which was good. Meats were average I thought, but B. liked them.
Handkerchief pasta w/ rustic pork ragu $15-This pasta has to be homemade, it's so silky and yummy. Pork ragu was just ok. Portions are small to average size. I was expected ginormous, but it's not the case here. I finished my dish and no leftovers.
B. ordered Berkshire prosciutto cotto w/ celery root & potatoes al forno $18. Waiter said it was in the oven since 6am, so B. felt it would be good. He liked it but said my pasta dish was better.
B. also got the mystery flight of wine: taste of 3 well-made Italian wines for $13. B. really enjoyed them.
Spiced panna cotta w/ pumpkin brodo & candied cranberries $7.5-it was pretty good. I keep hoping I'll just love panna cotta, but I'm always slightly disappointed with them. I should stop getting them.
Lemon tart was just ok.
They have separate mens/women bathrooms in the back, to the right of the Dante's Room. Women's had 2 stalls. The toilet had a regular toilet handle to flush or you could use the floor pedal which I thought was cool. Two sinks in the women's.
Price w/ their 5% service fee and tax was $87.16. Then B. added more tip so our total was $103 for 2 ppl. They take Credit Cards.
Overall, I would return. B wants to go back already, he said it's one of his favorite restaurants.
1550 Church Street (@ Duncan, south of 27th St in Noe Valley)
San Francisco, CA 94131
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