Friday night my sister capped off a tough week for us by treating me to dinner. I picked Pazzia for easy parking, thinking it was mostly a lunch place that would be quiet at dinner time. We lucked out with a space right in front, but it was far from quiet and deserted after 8pm. Nearly every table was occupied, inside and out on the sidewalk, many by families with small children. This ended up being a good time as the tables were turning at this hour and we had less than a 5-minute wait.
We decided to split everything, sharing
- insalata Pazzia - bitter greens dressed with a delicious basil vinaigrette and topped with toasted pinenuts, marred only by the mealy slices of ice-cold tomato on the edge of the plate, we were glad we didn't order the Caprese
- pizza Margherita - very thin slightly chewy crust with some scorched blistering but not crispy seemed a touch underfired, floppy at the center yet not wet or soggy, fresh-tasting marinara sauce, heavy on the cheese (and Stephanie swears that she tasted some sharp buttery cheddar in there), could use more basil, satisfying nonetheless
- tagliarini verde - lovely house-made spinach noodles with a silky texture and snappy toothsomeness, four large scallops cooked on point but flavors not integrated into the dish, liked the light white wine sauce with parsley, roasted garlic and pancetta, didn't say "no" to a dusting of parmesan
- glass of 2001 Fonterutoli "Badiola" - listed as Sangiovese on the wine menu, actually more full-bodied and international in style from blending with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, velvety texture with a lilt of clean acidity in the finish and slightly bitter aftertaste, well-integrated light oak tones, showing beautifully with two years of extra bottle age, performs above its price point.
Our bus boy was great, but the rest of the service was erratic and slow. Total with tax and tip was $51, a reasonable tab for the quality of the food. While it wasn't perfect, I left happy and would return again.
Pazzia Caffe and Trattoria
337 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94107