We will be visiting San Fran, our favorite city, next week & have reservations at A16. We've never been. Has anyone been lately and we welcome your suggestions of what to order that shouldn't be missed. THanks so much.
I'm not from SF, so I'm probably not the one to be answering. Anyway, I've been twice and both times the pizza was great. The first time we went, we sat outside on the little patio and my husband had pizza and I had a polenta ravioli with some sort of braised beef and it was fantastic. I'm still sad that I didn't get the full order. Yummy!
i've been there 5 or 6 times, i always get the buratta and this week i had the maccaronara, which was great. pizzas are always good, and two more seasonal items on our visit this week really stood out -- a mushroom starter, and the corn on the cob side. they said they have a new pastry chef, but we didn't have time to try any desserts.
I would definitely recommend the pizza and burrata as must order dishes - as much as I love A16 I think their main courses pale in comparison to the pizza and apps.
Ok. Well, the burrata appetizer is great, but especially if you are sharing appetizers. Their pizzas are genuinely unique and worth a share as an appetizer or middle course. Their ricotta gnocchi, depending upon preperation that night, is also worth consideration as a shared course as it is the best ricotta gnocchi I've had, including in Italy. The main courses change so frequently that I always just ask my server what to eat. I will say I had an "Osso Bucco of wild boar with juniper berries" there once that was absolutely outstanding but I've also had excellent meatballs, flank steak, lamb, etc.
Oh... and regarding dress...
Jeans are fine. A16 is a very casual atmosphere. However, while SF doesn't do "trendy" the way NYC/LA/London do, it is worthy of note that A16 is a "trendy" restaurant by SF standards and while casual, a lot of people will be dressed to impress. (ie. there is a difference between 10 year old ripped baggy jeans and... well... sexy jeans)