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May 6, 2008 12:38 PM

La Ciccia - SF - Must Try Dishes?

I'm eating at La Ciccia for the first time tomorrow night and I'm very excited. Are there any dishes that I need to be sure to order? Anything to avoid? I'm basically going in with the assumption that most everything has the potential to be great, so it'll depend on what's on the menu tomorrow.

Dave MP

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  1. I've only been once, but my whole party loved the charcuterie plate and the gelatos, which I think are usually on the menu in some form.

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    1. re: JasmineG

      One of my favorite places...everything is great!

      Don't miss:
      For starter: Prupisceddu in Umidu (Octopus stew in a spicy tomato sauce) and the Sardinian flatbread with sea salt and olive oil. For pasta: Fresh Spaghetti with Cauliflower and Bottarga

      They often have a whole fish main course not on the printed menu. Go for that if it's available.

      Enjoy and please report back.

      1. re: lovebitessf

        Yes, two people in my party had the whole fish, and loved it; I had a few tastes, and it was great.

    2. If they have fresh sardines, don't miss them (if you like fresh sardines. If you've only had the canned ones, don't let that deter you--fresh are a completely different creature).

      I really, really like their pizza. Very thin crust, deeply flavorful sauce, minimalist toppings.

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      1. re: Pistou

        I really liked the pizza, too -- I think it was that "deeply flavorful sauce" that did it. Just think about Sardinia: an island (seafood) where they raise sheep (lamb, sheep's milk cheeses) -- that will steer you well.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Lots of pork too, especially wild boar. We were served much more pork than lamb when we were in Sardinia about 18 months ago.

          La Ciccia sometimes does a wild boar in red wine sauce that is very good.

      2. Pasta with seafood sauce or bottarga or whatever it is that day.

        Whatever lamb they're doing that day.

        Skip the pizza.

        1. Liquid menu, but the Sardinian wines are tasty and affordable.

          1. For appetizers I like the octopus stew and the seafood salad (served warm, very lemony).

            When I want something comforting I get the maloreddus (gnocchi shaped semolina pasta) with pork ragu. I also love getting the whole fish. Lamb is always a good bet. I don't think the pizzas are that great.

            I love the ricotta and saffron cake for dessert. The wine list is fantastic and reasonably priced.

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            1. re: farmersdaughter

              To the fine list above I'd add any seafood pasta special they might have. Had a great one with tuna heart last summer.

              To me the pizza is fine, but not extrodinary. (Had better at Baretta last weekend.)

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