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Aug 12, 2009 10:54 PM

Oliveto Tomato Dinners

Planning a quick trip to San Francisco. I see that there are reservations still available for the Tomato Dinners at Oliveto. I've heard great things about there Ocean Dinners, but not much about the Tomato Dinners.

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  1. The tomato dinners are my favorite, right up there with the Whole Hog.

    5 Replies
    1. re: lexdevil

      Any reports yet from the first night of this year's Tomato dinners?

      1. re: grishnackh

        Went last night, the appetizers and pastas stood out. Highlights were the cruda of lamb loin with green tomatoes which was a tartar of delicious lamb mixed with green tomatoes to give it some crunch and brightness, Miyagi Oysters, I love oysters so it would be difficult to go wrong on that one. The pannelle was also a hit crunchy zesty and cheesy. The pasta highlights were the ravioli with tomato conserva - (which was probably the best showcase of tomato flavor of the evening), cannelloni neri and the polenta torta. Started with the Bloody Mary which was fine, though very light. The only miss was the black cod which had a tomato and miso glaze that was too sweet for my tastes. Service was great and the courses were well timed. I noticed that portions were larger than on my past visits, overall I thought it was a good value.

        1. re: wanderlust21

          You know, I've found I've had the same experience almost all the times I've been to Oliveto. The apps and pastas are great, but the main courses, particularly whole fishes were usually misses. About 25% hit, and $75% misses for the main fish and meat courses. I've pretty much convinced myself to just order pastas, soups and apps whenever I go there now.

          1. re: nicedragonboy

            I've had a lot of good meat dishes, though often we'll share three pastas and one main course.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Agreed, though I am usually more impressed by appetizers almost anywhere. Of particular note, one should never pass up a Milanese preparation if one is offered. I am also a big fan of the choucroute, always offered on the whole hog menu.