Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Beretta - San Francisco, CA

We finally made it to San Francisco! Whew…what a long day it was and we were ready to grub. Located in the Mission District, we made our way into Beretta after a short wait.

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Candlelit, crowded and intimate. It was the perfect place to catch up with friends in the city.  

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To start the night, we got started with some drinks. 

Airmail (left) - rum, honey, lime & prosecco. Prosecco is an Italian white wine, usually a dry or extra dry sparkling wine. 

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Il Gitano (right) - amaro, lime, pineapple gomme (syrup), grapefruit & bitters. Amaro translates to “bitter” in Italian and is usually produced by steeping herbs, roots, flowers, bark and/or citrus peels in alcohol. This is definitely a bitter drink, a total sipper, but very aromatic with citrus accents. 

It seems like an Italian meal is never complete without bread and olive oil/balsamic vinegar. However, these were onion bread served with a grassy/earthy olive oil dip. Great combo!

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Appetizer ~

Panzanella with Cucumber & Heirloom Tomatoes - The tomatoes were firm, cucumbers were crisp and the bread was chewy. Altogether, the flavor was in harmony and light. Definitely a refreshing salad.

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Bruschette of Fava Beans & Pecorino - The fava beans were whipped, light as air, but the bruschette kept its crunch. It was topped with pecorino and light drizzled with olive oil.

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Gnocchi with Porcini & Smoked Pancetta - The gnocchi was soft and the porcini soaked up the fat from the smoked pancetta tossed in. The dish was slightly greasy, but packed a lot of yum!

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Entree ~

Funghi Misti, Tomato, Fontina & Thyme - A light thin crust pizza that had a good balance of light tomato sauce, fresh thyme sprinkled atop, an even spread of mushrooms across the pizza and fontina cheese that held the goodness together.

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Potato, Rosemary, Radicchio & Gorgonzola - The gorgonzola cheese was heavy, the radicchio was nonexistent and the thin slices of potato kept its firm texture. It was kinda weird. Not the best dish on the table to complement all ingredients, but the thin crust is always an added plus for crunchy texture.

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Tomato Risotto with Arugula Pesto - The risotto was creamy, the heirloom tomatoes tangy and my goodness, it was cheesy! It was a favorite but a total filler to our bellies, keeping us at bay until we finally had energy to depart from our seats. 

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This is one of our favorite Italian experiences without carbo loading it up. There was absolutely no pasta dishes on the menu and most of the dishes captured a lot of the flavors we miss when shoving oodles of noodles into our mouths. Thanks to our friend Chieh, we have a new found appreciation for Italian cuisine.

- Rocky & Jamie :)

B E R E T T A
1199 Valencia at 23rd
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695 - 1199