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May 4, 2007 05:33 PM

Bar Bambino?

Any early reports on the new wine bar on 16th and Capp? Bar Bambino.

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  1. This is not your standard Cal-Italian fare. Mostly small plates like panini and bruschetta and wine and cheese. Wine list is among the better Italian-centric lists in any restaurant in the city. We shared several panini (the speck, fontina and fennel AND the sausage, onions, peppers) as well as an outstanding bruschetta of egg and parmesan with truffle oil. Also saw several charcuterie plates go by, and while I can't vouch for taste, they certainly looked good. Service was attentive but not intrusive. On another note, they did a really nice job with the space. If you happen to have seen what was there before, you will be impressed with the transformation.

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    1. re: csinvestor

      >>If you happen to have seen what was there before, you will be impressed with the transformation.

      That's a low bar to set, but I do agree it's a good addition to the neighborhood. We showed up around 10pm on Friday night -- only their second week in business, but they were mentioned in the Chron last week so it was packed. Took a *very* long time to get a table, but the hostess (co-owner?) was super sweet and kept us updated on the table situation. We ended up sitting at the bar. The charcuterie man is on display behind glass, kinda like the swimming girls at Bimbo's.

      We had a small salumi plate, which included six types of salumi. Three were house-made. The server couldn't quite identify the non-housemade salumi -- one was "from Iowa" -- La Quercia? We also had a salad and a dish of polpette which were a little too breadcrumby. Two annoyances: the menu lists bread as an extra, and we had to ask for it (though I'm not sure they charged us). Plus outrageously bad music was playing by the time we left.

      Crowded, super friendly, pricey: in other words, very similar to any number of places in the Mission and around. But certainly worth another visit, or two. A friend had been the Thursday before, and she raved about it -- it's probably better to visit on a weeknight.