Lambchops for me: Beretta in San Francisco
On Thursday night, my friend and I headed to Beretta, a relatively new restaurant located at 1199 Valencia, in the Mission district of San Francisco. The restaurant doesn’t take actual “reservations” though they allow you call up to 40 minutes ahead of time to request seating, so I knew I was in for a long wait.
The restaurant was absolutely packed on this evening, and I could barely squeeze into the bar area to order a drink. I finally got myself a glass of bubbly and waited for my friend to arrive. At this point, I made a mental note that the hostesses were nice and pleasant, and the blonde bartender man was extremely nice.
Soon after my friend arrived, we did get seated, resulting in only a 20 minute wait or so, securing window seating. Our server was “cordial” – not really nice, but she was efficient enough.
On this evening, we decided to order 3 antipasti dishes, and one pizza, along with a bottle of the only wine they had from the Montepulciano region of Italy.
The wine was excellent.
The first dish we ate was eggplant with burrata cheese. Anything tastes good if you throw burrata on it, and this was good. For eggplant, which I am rather picky about, it wasn’t great, but it was acceptable, if not a bit too salty.
The second dish we ravaged, primarily due to online reviews that stated this was something one must try, was the polenta with gorgonzola cheese. The saltiness was acceptable as most of it came from the cheese, and the polenta was cooked properly, but I wasn’t too keen on this dish. It was just basic.
The third appetizer we shared was the lambchops with yogurt. When I go back to be Beretta, I’m just going to order me three of these dishes and call it a night. It was cooked perfectly, and accompanied by an arugula salad, which I love. It’s hard to be lamb and arugula! They had a little dish with yogurt, making it the perfect tiny little entree. This particular dish served only to pieces of lamb, so bear that in mind. If you share with one other, you basically have only a little meat and tastebuds that scream for more.
We ordered the prosciutto pizza and I have to say, it was pretty good.
Time and again I will state that I am not a big pizza fan, but in San Francisco, thus far, I have enjoyed the pizza at Pazzia, A16, and now Beretta. Thin crust w/ delicious tomato sauce, topped with high quality prosciutto and a pile of arugula leaves!!
The entire dinner came to a total of $90 or so, not including tip.
It’s a bustling restaurant that is hip and serves good food. While it won’t make any particular “wow” list, it does set itself apart by serving dinner until 1 AM. In San Francisco, it’s near impossible to find a good restaurant that serves food well into the night. That is one thing about Europe that I will miss – late, late night dinners!
Addictive Factor: 5/10
Overall Rating: 7.66/10