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Report on Specchio in the Mission


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Report on Specchio in the Mission

SFDude | Dec 7, 2008 08:43 PM

This Italian place on Mission between 19th and 20th has been open for a few weeks. It is still working through isome ssues but has the potential to be a solid addition to the neighborhood.

We started with a salad that was simple and well made and also had a bruschetta of eggplant and tahini. While the bruschetta did not strike me as as particularly italian, it was nicely done.

We then had some pastas. The wild boar papperadelle was aromatic and rich. Though not exactly the ragu sauce described, it was flavorful and satisfy. The salmon and spicy tomato sauce pasta was not as good. The smoked salmon was bit overwhelming and the spicy tomatoes were AWOL. Somehow this dish did not come together. The pizza looked good but we did not try it.

Surprisingly, the wine list was the weakest point. Some things on it just didn't make any sense. What is an "Italian Bordeaux" from "Veneto" -- that just doesn't make any sense. In addition, the wine by the glass list included a lot of Vin d' Pays from Heron that were marked up to over 3X retail. We avoided these obvious train wrecks and had some other wines by the glass for $8 or $9 which were good to very good.

The interior has a lot of poured conrecte and not too much else. A bit stark for my tastes but some people get into this.

Service was friendly but a bit tentative and slow (despite the restaurant being nearly empty).

This place does not rank up there with Delfina; however, its prices are much lower (pasta are $13 to $15), so it may turn out to be a good neighborhood place (if not a true destination).

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