Amarena – SF (Russian Hill)

First and foremost, I can’t believe it took me nine years to get here.  It’s a little cheesy Italian place where the food is actually really really good.  The menu is a nice sized menu, but not over-sized like you see at a places in North Beach. It’s more than reasonably priced and the wait staff seems to be authentically Italian.

We didn’t have much but everything we did have was great.

First let me start with the bruschetta. This may have been some of the best bruschetta I’ve ever had. What was unfortunately was that there were only 3 small pieces, but it was amazing. I think it tasted so good because it was made with cherry tomatoes rather than heirloom or roma tomatoes which is what you typically see at restaurants. The tomatoes burst in your mouth like a volcanic explosion.

Then we moved on to main dishes: a special of fettuccine, cabbage, potatoes, and Fontina cheese. Which, if you like noodles and cabbage in the first place, you will love it. It was super flavorful with garlic and herbs. Really good and the pasta, of course, is homemade.

photo (4)The other main course was butternut squash ravioli with salted ricotta cheese in a brown butter sauce. They were more like Chinese dumplings than ravioli, nevertheless, had that sweet and savory taste from the butternut squash and the salted ricotta and butter.

Had to skip dessert but everything on the list looked homemade and I was interested in the budino or the creme brulee — maybe next time.

Located at 2162 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 447-0441

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