San Francisco is a great city, especially for foodies…they embrace food from every culture, kick it up a notch by inventive combinations and presentations and they’re all so dedicated to local farm-to-table products and the sustainability of our food sources. Very commendable that. And, then, there’s wine country in their backyard. 🙂
But, I think I may have to issue a ‘smackdown’ with the city because, despite what they say, they don’t have “great” pizza. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very good (really good) but SF doesn’t have a horse in the race with New York and Chicago. And, they definitely need a lesson (from a New Yorker, perhaps a Staten Islander) on how to make a clam pizza.
I spotted this fried fish and slaw sandwich in a window on Fisherman’s Wharf. I didn’t eat it (swear!).Alcatraz from the pier – as close as I wanted to get.A great way to kill some time after shopping the Ferry Building
with a plate of padrón peppers and a carafe of Rosé.A peek inside the ferry building. Are they not luscious?
I’d like to pop one in mouth right now.
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A fun ‘bread’ basket with 3 different pepper sauces for dunking.
Beretta, Valencia Street (Mission)
This was one of the times when you happen upon a jewel of a restaurant…without a recommendation, without a review…just a ‘it-looks-good, stumble-in’ kind of experience. Warm and cozy and packed at 4:00pm on a Sunday afternoon, we knew immediately we were in for a treat.
Normally I would not include a photo of this quality but this dish was so delicious, I just had to share it. They call it ‘eggplant caponatina” (I call it caponata). Whatever…topped with burrata cheese and a drizzle of olive oil, it had a mix of soft eggplant, fresh tomatoes, slightly wilted celery, olives, pignolis and great flavor. I would highly recommend this dish, especially if you get some of their pizza bread to accompany it.Meatballs in spicy sauceCauliflower w/pan gratatto, capers and sagePizza: clams, tomato, provolone, garlic + sofritto
[FOODalogue will now go back to regular scheduled posting and challenges. In a period of 10 weeks, I made trips to NY, South America and San Francisco. I’m finally totally unpacked, the luggage is back in storage and I’m happily looking forward to the holidays at home. ]