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Aug 20, 2001 05:00 PM

Ristorante Milano; recent thoughts? [San Francisco]

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L.A. chowhound headed to San Francisco for meetings; another Angelino (sort of a chowhound; Steve G., are you lurking out there?) has set up reservations, including one for a group at Ristorante Milano. I can't find anything about it newer than a couple of years old on the board.

Anyone got any recent thoughts? Things to order/not to order?


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  1. If it's the same Milano that started from the Crepe Factory about fifteen years ago, it's pretty bad.

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    1. re: Bibi
      Rich Gould-Saltman

      Jeez, now I'm more confused; my friend's husband, a semi-chowhound from LA, speaks glowingly of it; earlier archive posts suggest good things, e.g.:
      "Posted: March 31, 2000 at 14:30:25 Although Villa Poppi IS right across the street from the Make-Out Room (a great bar owned by a friend of mine), I would vote for Ristorante Milano for Italian food. Really wonderful. On Pacific between Polk and Larkin."

      Anyone else out there wanna weigh in on this place?


      1. re: Rich Gould-Saltman

        The only real RITSTORANTE MILANO is on Pacific Ave, Russian Hill. Other restaurants have been trying to cash in on the name, like the one in Tiburon, but they came after the original. The Pacific Ave Ristorante Milano is the one with all the great rviews, and they hve been there for over 20 years. My dad started taking me there when I was little, now I go often with friends after work. The owner's name is Aldo, and they still make the greatest gnocchi and homemade pasta and focaccia. Outstanding wine list, I am a big Barolo fan. Go straight to the real thing!

        1. re: niagara

          I totally agree. We went in August for our anniversary and had an incredible time. Womderful food, fantastic wine list, and lovely people - the absolute best! Wish I could go again some time soon.

    2. Ristorante Milano on Pacific is a very good, very reliable place. Prices are reasonable. Highly recommended.

      It is not related to the Crepe Factory in any way.

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      1. re: DavidT

        One tip to find all the posts about a place is to check the places link and then look at the threads listed there. For example, here's a thread about Milano from just a few weeks ago:

        Ristorante Milano
        1448 Pacific, San Francisco, CA 94109

      2. Was there a couple of months ago when we couldn't get into Pesce. Supposedly known for pasta. We thought it was perfectly fine and ordinary. If I wanted Italian in Russian Hill, I'd much prefer Pesce (on Polk). I wouldn't waste a scarce meal at Milano.

        1. So ... did you go? How was it?

          1. My belief is that there are several other neighborhood Italian restaurants in the area that are better...