recent reports from Chiaroscuro?
After a legendarily bad first few weeks (see http://www.chowhound.com/topics/367182), any recent reports? Passing by at mid-day last week, I sampled some of their bruschetta, and it was pretty darn good, the oil from the tapenade soaking into the crisp bread shard. It's more crowded at lunch than it had been.
(Washington St between Sansome and Montgomery, San Francisco Financial District)
Enjoyed a nice dinner at Chiraoscuro tonight. The three of us shared a very nice bruschetta plate (six pieces; each with different topping including eggplant, zucchini, tomato, garlic/olive oil, roasted red peppers, and prosciutto) and a really nice cheese and meat plate (including some wild boar salami from Italy that was delicious). For an entree, I had the gnocchi w/butter & sage sauce with walnut. This was not as rich nor as buttery as you might think. The potato dumplings were nicely done, but I wasn't completely sold on the sauce; however I enjoy a richer sauce. My partner ordered the carbonara, and said it was "very nice" and nicely presented. (His rating scale is pretty simple ranging from "not very good," "not bad," "nice," "very nice," to "very good.") Our dining companion had a pasta plate with a grape tomato sauce that was evidently richer than it appeared. Desserts were good. Profiteroles with a light chantilly cream filling, and a lemon chantilly tart topped with fruit. With a glass of wine per person, the entire meal came to about $40 pp. Not bad. I also appreciated the fact that the restaurant was not crowded and is very conveniently located to my office. It makes for a nice dinner after a late day at work. The chef also stopped by to see how we liked our food. It's a small gesture, but one I appreciated. I realize I used the word "nice" quite a bit in my review, but it seems appropriate. Overall "nice and convenient" but not "great."