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1722 Sacramento St. (Polk St.) Send to Phone
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Chef Suzette Gresham-Tognetti's beautifully prepared Italian cuisine at a San Francisco standout since 1989.


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Acquerello, San Francisco, CA

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Acquerello Restaurant Review

: Named for the watercolors that line the walls of this intimate former chapel, Acquerello offers cooking that is anything but delicate. Instead, come here for contemporary interpretations of Italian cuisine from chef and co-owner (with Italian wine expert Giancarlo Paterlini) Suzette Gresham-Tognetti. Guests may choose a prix-fixe menu or splurge (wisely) on the seasonal tasting menu. Following amuse-bouches and a Parmesan budino with truffle perlage, the meal might continue with cuttlefish that's been turned into "fregula" to complement Ora King salmon with roe and Sicilian olio verde. The cheese cart, which is loaded with exclusively Italian cheeses and house-made accompaniments, is sure to tempt. For dessert, you may encounter coconut panna cotta with passion fruit "yolk," slow-cooked pineapple and chocolate. Wine director Gianpaolo Paterlini's 2,000-bottle wine list features top-tier Italian bottles with a focus on Piemonte, as well as a number of premium California entries. Private dining is available in the Gold Room and Wine Room.

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