Today eight 'hounds gathered at Zuni to bid farewell to their comrade in chow, "solly", on his last day in San Francisco. We had a table on the mezzanine that got a bit close on this warm day, but the vantage point above the street and restaurant made up for it.
I'll kick off the commentary by listing the dishes we tried and invite the participants to add their opinions. We also enjoyed two bottles of wine from my cellar ($15 corkage/bottle).
Medium seafood plateau ($36) - oysters on the half shell, clams, periwinkles, poached shrimp with mignonette, lemon and aioli
Housecured anchovies with celery, grana or parmesan, and olives
Potato and nettles soup
Spaghetti with sardines, capers, and peppers
Serrano ham with farro and cherry tomatoes
Roast chicken for two with bread salad
Pizza with housemade paprika sausage, squash, etc.
Burgers ordered medium - one with heirloom tomatoes and the other with gruyere and grilled onions
The wines were 1995 Kistler "Vine Hill" Russian River Valley Chardonnay and 1996 David Coffaro Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel.
We settled the bill at this point for those who needed to return to their offices. The lollygaggers then stayed for dessert. We tried the espresso granita and rochetta cheese with fennel. Our server surprised us with a second granita on the house, an extra that was held too long in the kitchen and we enjoyed it just as much.