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Delfina

3621 18th St. (Guerrero St.) Send to Phone
415-552-4055 | Menu
Simple, regionally focused Italian dishes shine at Delfina.
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4.5 rating over 11 reviews
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Delfina Restaurant Review

: When concocting the short, seasonal menu at this Mission District restaurant, chef and co-owner Craig Stoll and his partner, Anne, take their cues from simple, regional Italian dishes that allow the talent of the kitchen and the essence of the ingredients to shine through. Making regular appearances on the starters list are an insalata del campo boasting a stand-up, aged balsamic dressing, toasted walnuts and bitter greens; and a plate of succulent grilled calamari resting on frisée and warm white beans. Rustic pastas---ravioli plumped with spinach and locally made ricotta, ribbons of pappardelle tossed with tender chunks of slow-cooked lamb shoulder---make up about half the entrée list. Meat and fish command the remainder, with entrées such as roast chicken with mashed Yukon Gold potatoes and Niman Ranch steak with crispy, well-salted fries. The mid-size, mid-priced wine list is stocked with tasty bottles, each ideally matched to the menu. Delfina's success is evidenced in the nightly line of well-dressed diners outside the door hoping to get the few coveted walk-in tables. While bar seats for two are usually available on short notice during the week, prime-time weekend reservations may require a call well in advance. But take the 5:30 p.m. reservation if you must; the classy-yet-casual, industrial-inspired, butter-yellow room can get quite noisy by 8 p.m.

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