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Perbacco

A search of this board does not come up with any recent reviews of this restaurant. Open Table has quite a few favorable reviews. I've heard a lot of good things in the past about Perbacco and was wondering if it was a place to try on our visit to SF next month. Also, I see on their menu online that they have a Salsiccia Cruda (raw sausage of pork and veal) whch I have enjoyed in Italy and am ecstatic to see on a menu here in the States. Has anyone ever had it? What did you think? Thanks.

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  1. Did you do the search today? It was broken recently. Two reports from July:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/794910

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thanks RL. I saw that post originally dated 2011 and did not read further. I guess I should have; my fault.

      Sorry to be dense, but what exactly do you mean by "It was broken recently."

      1. re: ttoommyy

        Search was broken. It probably wouldn't have found that topic.

    2. I haven't had that particular dish. But whenever i bring out of town italo-philes to Perbacco, they moan with delight over dishes they've not enjoyed outside of Italy itself. I recall the seasonal mostarda in particular getting mucho praise.

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      1. re: escargot3

        Sounds encouraging. Thanks escargot3.

      2. FWIW, we love Perbacco and have never had anything less than a wonderful meal there . . . .

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        1. re: zin1953

          Thanks zin. Now I am really looking forward to going. Just made a reservation for November 20.

        2. >>Salsiccia Cruda (raw sausage of pork and veal) whch I have enjoyed in Italy and am ecstatic to see on a menu here in the States. Has anyone ever had it? What did you think? >>

          I had it a couple of years ago on our first visit to Perbacco, but I wasn't in love with the whole idea of raw sausage so for me it was so-so. Our friends raved about it however; they have made many trips to Italy and Perbacco is one of their favs. We are actually going there the same evening you are, at their request.

          OTOH, their sweetbreads hunter's style was phenomenal on a subsequent dinner. And the service at Perbacco is excellent. They are very well trained in timing meals, something that a lot of restaurants are a little sloppy about, especially for small plates dinners that require good coordination between kitchen and waitstaff. Their desserts falter a bit, however. Sometimes they're very good, and other times I wonder what the pastry chef was thinking, LOL.

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          1. re: jaiko

            "Their desserts falter a bit, however. Sometimes they're very good, and other times I wonder what the pastry chef was thinking, LOL."

            This seems to happen in many good restaurants. I used to be a huge dessert fan, but I find as I get older I either do not have room for dessert by the time that course is served or I just want a simple dessert.

            "We are actually going there the same evening you are, at their request. "

            Small world! And thanks for the review. The combination of wonderful food and winning service sounds like a great evening.

          2. Yes, that was one of the things I noted particularly about Commis/Oakland. The desserts were indifferent at best (one was a scheduled part of the pre fixe menu, the other a freebie).

            Dessert at Aziza/SF, however, should ALWAYS be kept in mind. Melissa Chou is an absolute genius! We had an amazing dinner there last Saturday, and desserts were the best part of all.

            I need to try Barbacco, Perbacco's sib next door. We don't get into the City very often these days, and one of our trusted sources likes Barbacco even better than Perbacco. The friend we are dining with, however, has tried both and prefers Perbacco, so since it's his turn to pay this year (this is an annual dinner for us to get together), he got to pick the restaurant, LOL.

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            1. re: jaiko

              I like both Perbacco and Barbacco. The menus are pretty different. Barbacco's very casual, kind of a wine-bar / upscale sports-bar atmosphere. Probably the best food of anywhere you can watch the game.