Daniela Pasta & Pastries in Hampden
Recent memorable visit to a place in SF led me to here past weekend in search for Sardinian flavor. This place has the feel of truly homemade, recipes handed down generations, and family owned. See below links for background:
Much of what's on the menu seem usual Italian fares (meatball, lasagna, pannini, etc) but we tried the following here that were unique and delicious.
Arancini: it's a breadcrumb crusted fried rice ball stuffed with meat and vegetables served on tomato sauce - a good marriage of leftovers and it tasted very nice. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arancini
Potato Ravioli:this was described as quite "typical" of Sardinia, it's a said ravioli with cheese sauce and grated parmigiano-type cheese served piping hot. 5 pieces of doughy/cheezy goodness make nice comfort food for winter.
I also got an apple strudel just out of the oven while there and it was really very very good. Makes me curious what other Sardinian fares she cooks...
Myself and five friends arranged for a "special dinner" at Daniela's, and it was super! We brought the wine. We had the fried rice balls, pasta dishes, ravioli, veal, and assorted desserts. I can't even tell you exactly what everything was, but it was all good. The dishes just kept coming! Our server was Daniela's nephew and he could not have been nicer. It was a special night.
i had lunch there today. It is a cute, friendly, small place. I do not think the lasagna (Bolognese) nor the Arancini were reheated in an oven. The texture was that of a microwave. (I would guess for a special dinner the food would come directly from the upstairs kitchen) The Arancini texture was not good - even when she (counter person/waitress) reheated it more and added more sauce. The lasagna tasted good although there were a couple of cooler spots in it. It was a fine serving size for one. With both items it was a big lunch. I took a dessert to go that was ok - a puff pastry filled with a thick pastry cream (Saccottini di Crema). It was a dessert that was offered when I asked what had been made that day. Not everything is made everyday.
I bet it would be good for a dinner as was mentioned.