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Rose Pistola

MM May 19, 2005 12:39 PM

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.

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    Joy RE: MM May 24, 2005 12:13 AM

    Hmm. I had dinner there last night and it was great. Even better than the first time I ate there, a few years ago.

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      ladybrandy_98 RE: MM Jan 14, 2007 05:23 PM

      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.

      1. Robert Lauriston RE: MM Jan 14, 2007 05:31 PM

        The place has had its ups and downs. I also had a good meal there in mid-2005. Guess it's down again. Fettucine alfredo with sausage is an awful idea.

        The Chron was unable to track down Reed Hearon last year:


        1. Carrie 218 RE: MM Jan 14, 2007 09:12 PM

          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.

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          1. re: Carrie 218
            Robert Lauriston RE: Carrie 218 Jan 15, 2007 04:01 PM

            I don't have an opinion on Rose Pistola's current quality level, i was just hypothesizing.

          2. jillyju RE: MM Jan 14, 2007 09:45 PM

            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.

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              Maya RE: jillyju Jan 17, 2007 09:11 PM

              We yad a great late lunch there too in November, despite my misgivings. Their burger is really awesome.

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              bkaufman RE: MM Jan 17, 2007 09:55 PM

              Rose Pistole is a great place to eat at the bar. Stick with small plates.

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                LisaLisaSF RE: MM Jan 17, 2007 11:42 PM

                Heron moved on. Cafe Marimba closed a while back and was replaced with Mamacita. Rose Pistola, Rose's Cafe and Terzo are now run by www.niceventures.com.

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                  Fine RE: MM Jan 19, 2007 03:08 AM

                  Can't recall if I posted or not, but in the past 11 months I've had three terrific meals at Rose P with a total of four different people--all enjoyed it immensely.

                  I don't know if it's gotten better or it's simply that in the old days we ate there much later in the evenng than we have done on our more recent visits and the cooks are different.

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