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Tosca

By   /  November 1, 2015  /  Restaurants  /  1 Comment

April Bloomfield’s rich, big flavored, Brit-style Italian cooking works uncannily well at Tosca, the iconic North Beach joint she and her partner Ken Friedman took over last year.  Bloomfield and Friedman became the darlings of the New York food world ten years ago with their first restaurant, an Italian/British gastropub called The Spotted Pig, and [...]

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Boot and Shoe Service

By   /  January 9, 2013  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

To sustain a no reservations policy, a restaurant must be very popular and very good, not just in the kitchen but in the front of the house, too. Nothing aggravates hungry people more than uncertainty, and how the peckish  are handled from the moment they walk through the door determines whether they will flock back. [...]

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Bar Bambino

By   /  August 13, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  1 Comment

Bar Bambino’s off the radar location on 16th Street, just one block east of Mission but seeming miles away from Valencia street action, happens to be a blessing for those of us who frequent the restaurant.  We can drop in, even on weekends, and usually find a seat at the communal table in the front [...]

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Acquerello

By   /  April 18, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

Luxury has lost some luster in San Francisco.  Natives now wait in line at itinerant food trucks to eat standing up from cardboard cartons. A mania for street food has swept the City.  But the high end restaurant is fighting back. Recently,  Acquerello, the distinguished, 21 year old bastion of refined northern Italian food and [...]

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