Has anyone been to Rose Pistola lately?
I remembered the place had HUGE hype years ago when it opened.
It now seems like it has turned into a high end North Beach tourist trap.
What ever happened to Reed Hearon?
I thought I read a couple of years ago he no longer has interest in LuLu, Rose Pistola, and Cafe Marimba.
Hmm. I had dinner there last night and it was great. Even better than the first time I ate there, a few years ago.
I know this post is a few years later...However, I brought an out of town friend to Rose last night and we were both disappointed. The seafood fritto misto was bland and the dipping sauce was not very complimentary. The seafood pizza was O.K. but covered in puddles of grease and the crust was a little overdone. The fettucine alfredo with sausage looked like a hamburger helper dish I used to make when I was in college. The appearance of the food was lacking and the flavors bland. I was apologizing to my friend for making her be a guinea pig for my first trip to Rose.
Once again, I have to disagree with Robert. I had back-to-back meals at Rose Pistola and Olivetto a month ago (RP on a Saturday night and Olivetto on a Sunday). From appetizer to dessert, Rose Pistola was far superior on every level - including service. RP was so much better than when clients arrived last week from out of town, this is where I took them to "show off San Francisco" and they were thrilled.
My partner and I had a lovely mid-afternoon meal there about a month ago. We hadn't planned it ahead of time, but it turned out to be a great choice. We ordered all small plates, including a spectacular roasted (in the wood-fired oven) butternut squash with sage, roasted mussels (still a great dish, I love the natural juices that emerge) an interesting and tasty cured fish plate, and a dish that I can no longer quite recall--it was fried (artichoke? some other vegetable?) and had thin slices of parmesan cheese strewn over the top. I didn't each much of that last one, but my partner couldn't stop until it was gone.
My favorite was the squash, which was buttery and carmelized, and my god, I'd go back right now for it if parking weren't such a nightmare.