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Delarosa

30 Oct

Gail and our pizza

My dear friend Gail was visiting SF last weekend and we spent most of the weekend eating and drinking through the city. On Saturday night we didn’t have reservations anywhere and decided that getting on the list at Delarosa, would do the trick.

We started out with the crispy tagliolini dumplings, mozzarella, prosciutto and green pea which was basically a delicious fried ball of amazingess. I have been to this restaurant a number of times, and this is my first time trying this dish and from now on, I’m going to order it every single time. We next moved on to the skewer of sea scallops and citrus which is served with leeks and potatoes in a light sauce. I love sea scallops and this is a nice fresh dish that’s not too heavy to accompany whatever you pick off their menu. Our third shared plate was the meatball in a spicy marinara sauce.

Fritti - Crispy tagliolini dumplings

We also decided to order the heirloom tomato, ricotta salata and basil pizza. I’ve tried a few of their different pizzas, and for some reason wasn’t a huge fan of this one. I felt that it lacked some flavor, which I thought would be the opposite given the tastiness of heirloom tomatoes and the refreshing flavor of basil. The margherita pizza I’ve had before is much better and flavorful. We were also so full at this point we could hardly eat anymore we probably would’ve been better off only getting two shared plates and a pizza instead of three!

Sea scallop skewers and meatballs

Also, I think their wine list is a little short so we opted to pay the $15 corkage fee to bring in a bottle of Zinfandel from Quivira, which I would highly recommend.

Overall, Delarosa is a solid spot in the Marina to grab dinner, especially if you aren’t able to get reservations at some of the other places in the neighborhood. They allow you to call your party in up to 45 minutes before you arrive to get on their waiting list. By time you get there, the wait is usually only 20 or so minutes and they are really good at calling you if you head to one of the nearby bars for a drink. I definitely give them props on convenience in that department and the food is solid.

www.delarosasf.com – 415.673.7100 – 2175 Chestnut Street

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Delfina Pizzeria – Pac Heights

9 Jun

It’s Friday night in the city and the decided destination for a rainy night is Delfina Pizzeria. My first time to this spot that I’ve heard good things about from friends and I’m not sure what to chose from the menu. For starters, they don’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait. After enjoying a glass of wine and some good conversation we finally get seated. To start things off we opted with the stretched mozzarella and belfiore burrata; essentially fresh mozzarella with small toasted baguette type bread with arugula. The combination of the nutty flavor of the arugula, rich creaminess of the mozzarella and the crispness of the bread made this dish just right. I mean I’m a Wisconsin girl and I can’t say no to cheese! On that note, I have to mention that they do have mozzarella in carrozza, which basically means its fried. I grew up on some fried cheese and almost couldn’t pass this dish up but had to when I learned it had anchovy sauce on it. Maybe next time I need to be more adventuresome and try it out. Next we shared the Insalata Tricolore; greens with a lemon vinagrette and grana padano (cheese). This was a very basic but tasty salad to go along with the main course…the pizza! We opted for the Salsiccia which had house-made fennel sausage, tomato, bell peppers, onions and mozzarella cheese. The pizza as you can see from the picture above was really great. I will definitely be back to Delfina Pizzeria again!

http://www.pizzeriadelfina.com  –  2406 California Street @Fillmore St.

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