Ristorante Milano; recent thoughts? [San Francisco]
- R. Gould-Saltman Aug 20, 2001 05:00 PM
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?
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?
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!
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.
My belief is that there are several other neighborhood Italian restaurants in the area that are better...
RM has a place in my heart, it's around the corner from me and I've had many bday parties there. That said, it can be hit or miss.
The pastas are usually great, as are the chicken livers and the calamari app. Sometimes things don't quite shine the way they could, and that's always disappointing.
The veal chop is usually good, but sometimes it overly charred. When they have seafood specials I usually get them. They do a good job with sardines.
The wine list is nice, and the owner is often friendly and engaging. I think he stopped smoking so much herb and is now a little more focused on his restaurant.
One more thing, they make a FABULOUS zabaglione. If it's not on the menu, ask if they'll do it, they often will. It's one of my favorite desserts out, and I generally don't do dessert out.