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mendogurl Jul 6, 2011 09:50 AM

I don't usually do reviews, but on this one, I just had to.

Based on a few reviews on Chowhound, I decided to take my husband here for his birthday.
I was looking for something small and intimate, rather than a high charged, more contemporary
What a delicious, delicious meal. The petrale sole I had was just exceptional, my husbands carbonara
had this wonderful woody, nutty flavor, both of our fresh pastas were perfectly cooked.

Since it was a special occasion, I mentioned it in the note section on the Open Table reservation. I usually do that for a special occasion, but almost never am I given any special table, in an intimate corner.
But at Venticello, we were shown to a lovely corner table with the only view of the bay in the restaurant.
And then we were brought the best Tiramisu (something I usually find uninspiring ) I have ever had, as a complimentary dessert for the occasion.

Service was relaxed and easy. Our server was attentive but didn't hover.

It was truly a pleasure to go to a small, solid neighborhood restaurant, without all the hoopla and bells and whistles that so often accompanies eating out. It was just a very satisfying, genuine evening. This will become a regular spot for us.

As part of the celebration we stayed at the Huntington, another truly old school experience. Strolling back from Venticello to the Big 4 bar, was just the right note to end a perfect evening.

I give this little place the highest recommendation. Not sure how packed they are on a Friday night, I hope there is a line out the door. There should be. Places like this need foodie support!

1257 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

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    mdg RE: mendogurl Jul 6, 2011 11:35 AM

    Thanks for the report. I haven't been here in a few years, so it's great to hear they are still so good!


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      DavidT RE: mendogurl Jul 6, 2011 09:06 PM

      I just wish it was a little easier to park around there!

      1. grayelf RE: mendogurl Jul 6, 2011 10:51 PM

        Thanks for this, you had me at petrale sole. Very walkable from the hotel we stay at so no worries about parking. On my very long list!

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          wellworld RE: mendogurl Jul 18, 2011 10:00 AM

          We tried this restaurant for my birthday on May 1, and both my husband and me thought this place was a winner. Old World Italian, homemade pastas, and the best tiramisu I ever had will make us return again.
          Please note that Venticello offers valet parking for 10 dollars.

          1257 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

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