After a long winter in the great North, I spent a few days with friends in a gentler climate where the sun shines. (Was it only a dream?) It was a marathon of visiting with old friends who joined together for a special meal.
We were scrambling to find a place to eat. Reservations were hard to come by because it was Mother’s Day. We had reservations at a place that was too far away for the group and there was some last minute shuffling of venues. Where could you find a restaurant that wasn’t completely booked? The first thought was a specialty restaurant that had room for eight people.
Incantu Restaurant was open. http://incanto.biz/food-wine/sampler-menu/ This is a restaurant dedicated to organ meats and leg of beast (Must order in advance). I went into the restaurant and asked to look at the menu. There was venison heart, pork belly and other delicacies that are enjoyed the world over, but are not as customary a diet for North Americans. It was a nice space with a dedicated staff. My consternation was that I only felt safe with the one thing I recognized – Cornish game hen. While standing in the restaurant, I was on a cell phone trying to coordinate between two groups. The one group who had scoped out the restaurant first was shocked. Definitely this menu was not for the organ meat squeamish. (Okay. Next!)
Back in the car, the phone rings another restaurant nearby can seat us right away and we don’t have to wait! Good news!
“Paolo Dominici and Vincenzo Cucco founded Bacco Ristorante in 1993.”
At the Noe Valley Restaurant, Bacco Restorante 737 Diamond Street San Francisco, California 94114. 415-282-4969 a very fine meal was served.
Known for its award-winning authentic Italian cuisine, Bacco Ristorante is led by Executive Chef Vincenzo Cucco. Chef Cucco started his career in Venice after graduating from the acclaimed food academy of Palermo. Coming to America in 1982, Chef Cucco has worked at many award-winning establishments including the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. He brings his intimate knowledge and passion of Italy to Noe Valley.” http://www.baccosf.com/About.html Retrieved May 13, 2011.
Eight people were accommodated at the last minute in this small, relaxed Italian restaurant. The staff was kind and gracious. They had tables put together and draped and set in a flash before our eyes. This storefront restaurant had an ambiance of comfort. The service was impeccable. The food was terrific. A very fine Sicilian wine Feudo Principi di Butere Merlot Calat 2001 was chosen for the meal. I enjoyed a glass of this rich earthy wine with the following choices.
Crostini with black kale and pecorino cheese
Boscchetti: Pasta stuffed with vegetables and pecorino cheese in tomato cream sauce
Profiterole with vanilla Gelato and caramel sauce
Tutti Bene! It’s All Good.