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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
place.
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!

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Venticello
1257 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

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

    Michael

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

      1. 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!

        1. 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.

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          Venticello
          1257 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94108