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May 14, 2012 02:00 PM

Perbacco vs. La Ciccia

I am hitting San Francisco for the first time this weekend (from Toronto). I have dinner reservations for both Perbacco and La Ciccia (Friday / Saturday), and Ame on Sunday. Note that I am a solo diner.


1) Is the Friday / Saturday combo "Italian overload?" I like Italian and realize it is a quite a broad category but want to experience the best of what your city has to offer in terms of genres.

2) I was thinking of cancelling one of Perbacco / La Ciccia. Any thoughts? The La Ciccia reso is a late one (but maybe that means I don't have to "wait" before going out to party after). I am not a millionaire, but since it's vacation, let's say price isn't a major issue here - I'm more concerned about food.

3) I see an opening for Atelier Crenn at the same time as my Perbacco reso - do you think Atelier and La Ciccia would be a good combination (versus Perbacco / La Ciccia)?

So excited to see what your city has to offer!

Thanks a bunch.

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  1. I'd say go with the La Ciccia/Crenn combo -- two radically different styles!

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    1. How much do you care about Italian food? Perbacco and La Ciccia are two of the best Italian places in SF, and about as different as two great Italian restaurants can be.

      Personally I'd rather go to two Italian places and one Frenchy tasting-menu place (which Ame and Crenn seem like to me) rather than the other way around, but that's totally a matter of taste.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Thanks Robert; I thought Ame leaned more towards the Japanese side?

        1. re: adale

          Ame has French, Italian, and Japanese influences.

      2. And one more - is it worth "ditching" any or all of these restos if I can get into Gary Danko (sitting at the bar?)

        Thanks again.

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          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Thanks Ruth. Are you saying that because Toronto may have similar styles of restaurants to Danko? The main alluring thing is that the reviews are phenomenal.

            1. re: adale

              Yes, that's exactly what I meant.

          2. re: adale

            and Crenn over Danko anyway. by a long shot.