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3011 Steiner St. (Union St.) Send to Phone
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House-cured meats, a pan-Mediterranean menu and a warm neighborhood feel set this small-plates place apart.
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Terzo, San Francisco, CA

Terzo Restaurant Review

: Taking its name from the Italian word for "third," Terzo represents the third restaurant for Nice Ventures restaurant group and owner Laurie Thomas, who also own Rose Pistola in North Beach and Rose's Café. Terzo is a bright, European-style bistro with tall light-welcoming windows, a communal oak high-top table, brown leather banquettes, a cozy brick fireplace and Edison bulbs suspended from the ceiling. Though Terzo has all the trappings of a Marina hot-spot, the crowd is a nice mix of neighborhood regulars and trendy hipsters. The menu, which changes weekly, features an array of dishes good for sharing: burrata and house-cured salumi; fluffy, moist ricotta and green garlic soufflé; rare slices of roasted Niman Ranch beef served with brown, crispy potatoes; and the delicately flavored, creamy boudin blanc. Ordering the gnocchi alla Romana can be deceiving; rather than little pasta pillows of potato, it is a custardy semolina square, almost cheesecake-like in texture, in a Niman Ranch beef ragù. Terzo also offers an impressive list of vegetarian options; try the fennel à la Grecque, braised fennel tossed with olives, oregano and a soft-cooked egg. Crispy onions are some of the best in town. The wine list includes a nice array of varietals from Italy, France, Spain and California.

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