Spent Christmas day with friends I wish I lived closer to. It doesn’t hurt that they are amazing cooks, and the best at selecting wines too……After dinner I swore never to eat again but on the morning of the 26th, I woke up looking forward to dinner in San Francisco, good company and another great meal. Good thing they are all sharers and hungry so we could order and try a lot. And they booked A16 San Francisco which is one of my favorite restaurants. I guess their sister place SPQR is my top pick (http://www.spqrsf.com/).
What we ate
Octopus obviously! Just can’t help it. Comes with ceci beans, treviso and celery (no olives, my only hated food). Very tasty but not worth going on the must 5 octopus list (to come…)
Mussels: best app surprisingly and not the octopus. Super flavorful broth with perfectly charred bread. Is mussels becoming my new octopus??? (meaning, must order always when on the menu…?)
Arugula salad with fried almonds and pecorino: super fresh and surprisingly good
Sausage pizza with rapini, grana padano and chilies: white pizza which I am usually not super fan. Waiter suggested tomato sauce on the side and it was a great idea. Amazing flavours, good crust. Perfect for the winter
Maccaronara with ragu napoletana, ricotta salata: simple and delicious pasta with super fresh tomato sauce
Fettucine with rabbit sugo, fennel: white ragu, good balance to the red sauce pasta
Roasted cauliflower: gorgeous with several different colors but just ok
Apple bread pudding with vanilla gelato. Can I have more pasta instead??
Chocolate budino tart with sea salt and extra virgin olive oil: the salt tied it all together, delicious
Share a ton, also, while in Tahoe with friends we tried the A16 meatball recipe (they just serve them Mondays): GO MONDAY! Yum
Must eats: mussels, pizzas, pastas
Save the calories: Cauliflower (why do I always want to save on the healthy items.) and bread pudding
Surprisingly good: Arugula salad, simple tomato sauce pasta
A16 San Francisco (http://www.a16sf.com/)
2355 Chestnut St.