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Brunch at Pasta Pomodoro on Irving?

rworange Mar 21, 2008 10:17 AM

Anyone tried it? If you are in the nabe and everything else like Park Chow or Art's are filled, is this a decent alternative?

Any other Pasta Pomodoro's serve brunch?

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    Meredith RE: rworange Mar 21, 2008 01:53 PM

    The one on 24th in Noe serves brunch, and I had it once about 5 years ago. Honestly, I am not sure why we haven't been back. There was no wait, a table of 8 was ready fast and I remember actually really liking my dish. I seem to recall that it was a strange cross-over between bruscetta and eggs benedict. Toasted italian bread, poached egg, meat of some kind and a well flavored chunky tomato sauce.

    1. Atomica RE: rworange Mar 21, 2008 07:56 PM

      I've had breakfast once at the one in Noe and it was awful and Sysco like. I clearly remember mealy and unpleasantly flavored potato cubes that I'm positive were bought in big frozen bags and very inexpertly cooked eggs.

      1. foodiesf RE: rworange Mar 22, 2008 11:52 AM

        Pasta Pomodoro is disgusting...whether for brunch, lunch, or dinner. They use pre-made stuff and heat it all up on a stove and serve it to you. Why would anyone eat at Pasta Pomodoro when there are so many legitimate restaurants in this City?

        I could be wrong, but here's my prediction -- they'll be gone within the next 12 to 18 months, or at least they'll be forced to fundamentally change their concept. Have you noticed that they're already changing their name to "Pomodoro" (dropping the word "Pasta")? I've also been told by several friends that their portions are now noticeably smaller. Sure signs of a brand in trouble, if you ask me...

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        Pasta Pomodoro
        816 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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          Atomica RE: foodiesf Mar 22, 2008 06:15 PM

          They have a seasonal butternut squash pasta dish with brown butter, amaretti crumbs, and fried sage that is to die for. That's the only thing I would ever go there for. I agree their breakfast is disgusting, and I like to eat in cheapo diners for breakfast pretty frequently, so I'm not overly concerned all the time with high-end quality.

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            ML8000 RE: foodiesf Mar 22, 2008 08:20 PM

            I think Pasta Pomodoro was sold to a larger company hence the name change and drop in quality, along with what looks to be a new menu and a little more expensive (general signs of a swtich over).

            I had dinner at the PP on Union St late last year and it was bad. The meal sort of surprised me since I've eaten at various PPs over time, perhaps 2-3x a year and never had a problem. It was never anything special but always solid, well-prepared and reasonably priced. Can't say this any longer and probably won't go back now that I think about it.

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              foodiesf RE: ML8000 Mar 23, 2008 09:11 AM

              Wendy's owns 30% of the company, so that tells you just about all you need to know about Pasta Pomodoro.

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            pininex RE: rworange Mar 24, 2008 12:00 AM

            I wouldn't go so far as to say "disgusting". It's certainly going to be better than a lot of the Italian food served in the flyover states. I personally like PJs brunch. I always request their Shrimp Po-Boy which is not on the menu but they are happy to make.

            1. Shano RE: rworange Mar 24, 2008 01:04 PM

              I would avoid Pasta Pomodoro for brunch, lunch or dinner. The food is absolutely flavorless, uninspired and a lot of it is packaged and frozen. The prices keep going up and the cost gap between Pasta Pomodoro and other excellent Italian restaurants like SPQR is not great. So, why bother with Pasta P.

              1. swag RE: rworange Mar 27, 2008 06:09 PM

                How do they make food look so appetizing and taste so flavorless? Must be a corporate secret.

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