Perbacco Ristorante and Bar Perbacco Ristorante + Bar

Perbacco Ristorante + Bar

230 California St. (Battery St.)
San Francisco, CA 94111
Cuisine: Italian
Stylish Italian restaurant deep in San Francisco’s money district.
Openings: Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sat.


Perbacco Ristorante + Bar, San Francisco, CA

Perbacco Ristorante + Bar Restaurant Review:

About the restaurant: Owner Umberto Gibin's razor-sharp tie and impeccable suit match the precision of this two-tiered restaurant's expansive charm and style. The unique, warm-yet-luxe setting soars with exposed brick, deep red-padded booths, comfortable dining areas and an exhibition kitchen. Carrara marble floors glisten throughout the front-of-house bar area while details such as a restored, antique meat slicer atop the bar and a rough-hewn chef’s table lend notes of rustic authenticity.

Food & Drinks: Simple, regional Piedmontese and Ligurian flavors are well invoked by chef/owner Staffan Terje. Try all of the house-cured salumi at once and revel in the joys of rich salame al barolo, fatty and fennel-infused lonza, and the memorable ramekin of smooth, shredded ciccioli (pork pâté). House-made pastas are elevated with their gravy-like sugos --- the pappardelle with braised short rib ragù and roasted chanterelles makes a person wonder how other places get it wrong. A pork shoulder al latte (in milk) served with salty polenta and Savoy cabbage smells and tastes like somebody's nonna came, cooked and left. A separate bar menu and a short but well-chosen list of Italian wines and cocktails draws a lively after-work crowd. Expense-account lunches are also sure to please.