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Vin Antico in San Rafael

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kai27 Dec 4, 2007 02:25 PM

Any thoughts on Vin Antico in San Rafael? What's good on the menu??

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    kai27 RE: kai27 Dec 5, 2007 10:49 AM

    Ok, I will answer my own question as I went to Vin Antico last night. It is a nice neighborhood place to go. I enjoyed it.

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      Sharon S RE: kai27 Dec 5, 2007 12:44 PM

      Okay, I'll bite. What did you have to eat that was good on the menu?

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        kai27 RE: Sharon S Dec 6, 2007 04:52 PM

        We started off with a couple of nice salads and a small, thin crust pizza. I ordered the eggplant and it was not the typical breaded variety. It was baked with homemade mozzerella and a creamy marinara sauce. I really enjoyed it. My friend ordered cod and it was very tasty. Deserts were wonderful. The lemon cheescake was devine-lighter than usual. The chocolate desert was like a rich brownie on a biscotti-very pleasant.

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          Scott M RE: Sharon S Dec 6, 2007 05:15 PM

          Here is the review from the Marin IJ

          http://www.marinij.com/dining/ci_4129622

          This restaurant opened in the middle of last year and their website is still under construction. Seems odd.

      2. Robert Lauriston RE: kai27 Mar 31, 2008 08:39 AM

        Had dinner there last night. Sat at the wine bar and were waited on by the very friendly owner.

        Pizzetta with a heap of pancetta topped by a runny egg was excellent. The crust is thin and stiff, sort of cracker-like, held up well under the overloaded toppings. Great value at $9.

        Fritto misto ($9) wasn't great--nice crunchy batter, great leeks, but artichoke hearts were a bit mushy and the lemon slices too bitter.

        Since the pizzetta was so good, we tried the bucatini alla carbonara ($14), and it was excellent. The bucatini were fresh, similar to Phoenix Pastificio's--I think they said they get it from Marin Pasta Works.

        Pasta al ceppo with duck sauce ($16) was also very good, so much duck it was sort of a cross between a pasta dish and a stew. Couldn't taste or find the promisd porcini but it was good anyway.

        Great cheese plate ($20) with generous helpings of five Italian cheeses, a sliced apple, and no inappropriate sweet accompaniments.

        A ricotta fig tart ($8) was very good. Panna cotta ($7) was denser than it should have been.

        Lots of interesting wines by the glass, $8 and up.

        The menu had one of those blurbs about how they use organic whenever possible. Also a "no substitutions" warning, so I guess don't go there if you want dishes revised to suit your preferences.

        Overall, nice place, quiet, and a good value. I'm surprised I haven't heard more about it. There's not much info on the Web site, but hours etc. are on the opentable page it links to.

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        Vin Antico
        881 Fourth St, San Rafael, CA 94901

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          Robert Lauriston RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 31, 2008 01:00 PM

          One other thing: the duck pasta serving was so huge I took some home, which never happens to me. I made a sandwich from some of the duck and there's still a good portion of pasta.

        2. Robert Lauriston RE: kai27 Jul 31, 2009 09:35 AM

          We stopped by last night for wine and snacks. Good arancini, nice salumi platter, nice platter of ricotta and a great bean and eggplant spread, good cheese plate. Some prices have been reduced, e.g. cheese plate was $13 and you can order any three appetizers (regularly priced up to $12) for $26. The food here is a cut above the usual for Marin County.

          They have $5 bar snacks from 5-6pm daily and a $25 three-course prix fixe on Wednesdays. Thursday night's a fun time to go as the street is closed to traffic for the "farmers market" (which is pretty short on farmers).

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            pininex RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 31, 2009 10:29 AM

            There are farmers on Thursday nights...they just happen to grow socks.

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              Robert Lauriston RE: pininex Jul 31, 2009 10:36 AM

              There are some farmers, though maybe only half a block of stands out of six or seven blocks of market.

          2. Robert Lauriston RE: kai27 Jan 29, 2013 10:10 AM

            Closed. http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/blog/...

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              naner RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 1, 2013 08:03 AM

              Surprising and disappointing to hear this. A good place in downtown San Rafael.

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