Excellent comfort food with a Mediterranean flavor. My wife had the Cacciucco (fish stew served over Pearl Couscous) and thought it was excellent. I had the Braised Lamb which was also excellent; a lamb ragu with small potatoes and chick peas. The turmeric and lime in the dish provided an interesting and zesty addition to the flavor of the ragu. Initially I thought the portions were a little small but quickly realized that there was more than a sufficiency of the ragu. We shared a side dish of crispy brussels sprouts, also extremely tasty with an interesting season that I cannot now remember.
I started with a glass of Verdicchio, very good though nothing notable about it. The red wine however was very different. It was called "Forlorn" (although that isn't very descriptive or helpful in identifying it precisely) and I think it is from a small winery in Napa. It was very unusual, with a strong fruit flavor and quite sweet, almost a desert wine. Clearly the restaurant has had customers balking at the wine as the server insisted I try it before committing myself. While I wouldn't enjoy simply sipping the wine it actually paired extremely well with the lamb, the seethes nicely offsetting the spiciness of the meat.
The service and server were both excellent, the hostess and server were friendly and efficient. The restaurant itself is not particularly large and is a little noisy but it has a friendly, bustling ambience. The total bill for two glasses of wine, the fish, lamb, brussels sprouts and a coffee (excellent) was $96.55, including tax and before tip. They don't levy a "Healthy San Francisco" surcharge.
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