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Where can I get pasta with uni / sea urchin this weekend?

Looking for a very basic dish of spaghetti with sea urchin or something like that... Anywhere in SF? I know some places have it sometimes like SPQR and La Ciccia and Skool but who will have it for sure?

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  1. I'd like to know as well! I was going to make the exact thread sometime haha

    1. Morimoto in Napa has it, if you are interested in a drive to wine country...

      1. 1760 has a version of this dish, bucatini with uni and bread crumbs. http://www.1760sf.com/menu-main/

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        1. I had it recently at Dopo in Oakland but it's not on the menu today. I mention it because despite each of the elements tasting quite good (homemade spaghetti/bucatini, good olive oil, crisp breadcrumbs, decent uni), the whole fell short. I think the pasta overwhelmed the uni (too much of it, too heavy). So the balance of uni to pasta really matters as do the temps (hot pasta and cool uni). I remember tasting this dish the first time in LA and really being wowed. Pls report back if you encounter SF sublime.

          1. Skool always has uni flan.

            La Ciccia's is well worth it.

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            1. re: Windy

              Just call! La Ciccia is well worth it.

              1. re: wally

                If you call La Ciccia, the Italian word for sea urchins is ricci (reech-chee). No doubt you will be understood if you ask about the availability of sea urchins or uni, but it helps to know the Italian anyway.

            2. SPQR had the smoked fettucini with uni as of 9/21; we did not order it, but did see it pass by.

              1. Did you find the uni of your dreams?

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                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  No one in SF had it the last two nights I tried. I'll keep trying and when I do find the uni of my dreams, I'll post an update. It's too bad no one has it consistently. I'm thinking of making it myself but somehow don't think that will be satisfying enough.

                  1. re: cubbee

                    Funny you could not find it at any place mentioned above. I was at 1760 last night (Wed) and it was on the menu (although I did not order it).

                    1. re: cubbee

                      Maybe restaurants don't have it consistently because they can't always get the quality they want.

                    2. re: Melanie Wong

                      Finally made it to 1760 a couple weeks ago - and had the Bucatini with uni, and garlic bread crumbs. It was delicious!! I am still thinking about it...almost went back this weekend. The uni was just in chunks on top of the perfectly cooked pasta. I am still looking for this dish where they blend some uni into the sauce too...

                      1. re: cubbee

                        I'm hearing good things about 1760 from others too. This is quite a delicious quest you've picked for yourself. Please keep us posted.

                    3. Not in SF, but Usagi in San Mateo has a tasty uni risotto.

                      1. Commonwealth has a sea urchin, corn, and tapioca fritter on the current menu. We didn't try it though.

                        1. Farmshop in Larkspur had it last night: spaghetti w cherry toms, tuna heart, santa barbara sea urchin. The tomatoes were a new twist for me in this dish, definitely bumping up the acid in the combo. But there just wasn't enough sea urchin (2 lobes?) to keep it interesting. Pasta was nice, much lighter than what I had at Dopo.