An article in the Chronicle points out that while San Francisco boasts a vast menu of buono Italian restaurants to choose from, many are Italian with a Californian twist. Offered are six SF restaus that focus on regional Italian cuisine, Russian Hill’s Pesce (2227 Polk at Vallejo) being one of them. Want to hear what the foodies (and Yours Truly) have to say about our very own?
Venetian small plates, or ciccheti, are the focus of this charming restaurant owned by Ruggero Gadaldi, who also has brought us Antica and Beretta. Seafood is highlighted in many dishes, including a cioppino-like stew and salt cod with gigante beans, but the signature dish is polpo: braised octopus with potatoes, celery and garlic with a tart lemon vinaigrette. – SF Chronicle
I certainly can’t savor the difference between a bit of regional cooking and a nip of the Cali mutt stuff. But what I will say, very honestly, is that it was Pesce that made me fall head over tail fins in love with fish — and fish are smelly.