Perbacco 230 California St./Battery St., Financial District, (415) 955-0663. L M-F, D M-Sat; $$$.
Located next door to Tadich’s, this expansive restaurant is a less-touted surprise. The action in the open-kitchen in back is worth checking out. The Italian menu is loaded with good things, including fritto misto, mozzerella di bufala, a brown-buttered pork chop with charred cabbage and lingonberry juice, quail with black chanterelle and sunchoke ragout, seared sea scallops with brown-buttered cauliflower and black truffle salsa verde. My choices were a salad of roasted pears, greens, and hazelnuts; a filet mignon with truffled potato puree; and the most scrumptious hazelnut-brown butter cookie/cake stuffed with fudge. From the vast wine selection, I zeroed in on a delicious Amarone from the Veneto wine region of Italy, and if you like reds I suggest you do that, too.
|exterior of Perbacco in San Francisco, California|
|interior of Perbacco in San Francisco, California|
|kitchen at Perbacco in San Francisco, California|
|pear salad at Perbacco in San Francisco, California|
|filet mignon at Perbacco in San Francisco, California|
|hazelnut-fudge cookie cake at Perbacco in San Francisco, California|
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