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Ristorante Ideale in North Beach

Limster | Jul 20, 200102:32 AM

Just ate there tonight - pretty good meal and the portions were huge!

I had:

A decent seafood salad with mussels, clams, tons of calamari, a few chunks of octopus, celery and shredded red cabbage. The combination and dressing were classic, the seafood was fine, but I would have preferred my calamari and octopus on the crunchy side, instead of being thoroughly boiled.

An very good duck entree - two legs of duck roasted with a large amount of fresh rosemary for a wonderful perfume, garnished with thick slices of decent roasted potatoes, oyster mushrooms and spinach and the whole affair drenched in a savory red wine sauce. Very rustic, very hefty, not for those who like precious tiny little entrees. Washed it down pleasantly with a glass of sangiovese that had plenty of fruit left even after the tasting the sauce.

A killer tiramisu that leans richly on the mascarpone. I'd love to hear if someone has had an equally good or better version; I'm always on the lookout for one that's more boozy and more espresso laden than usual, with more mascarpone than cake. This one comes close, at least on the mascarpone side of things.

The atmosphere is casual and the colorful decor is festively bright. There was live music from a guitarist/singer tonight (Thurs). As previously mentioned on this board, the folks that run it are Italian. I ate at the bar, chatting with the musician after he had sung - he's Italian too, and was intrigued/amused that I managed to get away with a few phrases of Italian (the only ones I knew) when I interacted with the waitstaff.

Lastly, while sitting at the bar, I noticed that the hostess ate there and got a plate of grilled assorted seafood that looked pretty good. It wasn't on the menu. Might have to inquire about that next time.

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