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Delfina Report: Great anniversary dinner

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Finally tried Delfina on Friday night on the recommendation of so many Chowhounders. Due to budget constraints, we rarely eat out anymore, and when we do, never at places as nice as Delfina, so it was a big splurge for us (anniversary dinner) and I'm happy to say it was absolutely the right choice. The food was delicious and in many cases novel/exciting, and the service was great- totally on the ball and relaxing at the same time. If we could afford to, and now that we've been i know that we definitely cannot, we'd eat there again and again. Happily, though, there were a few preparations/flavor combinations that were so surprising and so good that it made me want to try to replicate them at home, which, if i could, would allow me to pretend that i'm eating there more often!

They were:
- jewish style artichokes, basically artichokes peeled back to only the tender leaves, then fried so that the leaves were like crunchy, salty fries, and the heart was crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, very salty and lemony, totally delicious.
- mint tagliatelli with porcini mushrooms- i'd never had mint with pasta before and it was really incredible, maybe even my favorite thing i tried- super delicious and fresh, but also rich and luscious.

We also had the
- paparadelle with duck sugo- super flavorful sauce, very delicious.
- grilled calamari appetizer- served on a bed of white beans- great
- campo salad- totally delicious, though in my mind didn't stand out enough to waste a whole choice on, next time i'll pick something more distinct to them.
- bread & butter - worth mentioning because it's really so good, and i ate A LOT of it
- pannacotta- just as incredible as everyone here said it would be
- profiteroles with espresso ice cream and candied almonds and chocolate sauce- also incredibly delicious, and huge portion, and very very intense espresso flavor.

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Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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  1. Happy belated anniversery. Nice report. That mint dish sounds delicious. If you recreate it hope you post it on the home cooking board.

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    Delfina Restaurant
    3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: rworange

      Thanks, I'll definitely post it if i have any success!

    2. Happy anniversary Balabanian! I love Delfina; it's my go-to place for special occasions.

      1. i had those incredible carciofi alla giudea in Rome in 2005 and the memory has never left me. they are exactly as you describe, and now that i know Delfina has them . . . thanks! if you make THOSE i hope you post them too!