over the weekend i dined at a little italian, restaurant called mescolanza, on clement street after seeing a movie at the four star and was pleasantly surprised. we ordered the evening special of spinach linguine with clams (about $14) and the spinach gnocchi (about $11) in a light tomato cream sauce. the menu says the pastas are house made and i believe it - they were absolutely delicious. the clam pasta was bathed in a very clear, light sauce with a few tomato bits. the pasta was fresh, slightly springy and full of spinach flavor. the clams were excellent. unfortunately the entire dish was marred by a liberal oversalting. it really ruined what would have otherwise been a good dish. the gnocchi, however, was out of this world. it melted in the mouth and although the sauce looked really gross, gloppy and just way-too-much of it, it tasted great and was not at all overpowering. it was just creamy enough to cut the acidity of the tomatoes without being cloying. a very nice looking assortment of italian style pizzas (thin blistered crust, minimal toppings) kept coming out of the kitchen and they looked good. very good. i'd recommend the place if you're in the neighborhood and want some good fresh italian pasta.
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2221 clement street
san francisco, ca
415 668 2221