I was thinking about a gift certificate for two for $ 150.00 for a Christmas gift . I always wanted to eat there but never have , Seems to be a solid place . Or any other recs ? They can use this for a starting point . Doesn’t have to include drinks or tip . It was on my nephews wish list . A nice restaurant for him and his wife in SF . She is Asian and her mom cooks over the top . So maybe skip that one . Thanks
It is a very solid place. I’ve not been in a while. Note that it is a noise bomb when considering if it is the proper gift for someone. Depending on where you sit, it can be difficult to hear the person across a small table for 2. I don’t hesitate to return. But I’d never take my father there.
I have heard that also . Any other recs ?
Are you looking for the same general area? City wide? Bay wide?
They live in Sunnyvale .Anywhere in the city would be great . I would imagine they would spend the night . And have a vehicle . They work full time . So a getaway weekend I’m thinking .
Why not Flour + Water? $150 would pay the cost of two pasta tasting menus there, and it’s interesting and very good.
But to be fair I’ve never been to Perbacco though. Always meant to go try their plin.
$150 would probably cover most of the tab for two at La Cicca, a truly remarkable gem in SF. But also somewhat unusual I suppose.
Pre-fixe at The Progress is $65/person, which could be fun, too.
Commonwealth is a good choice. The $150 won’t get them the tasting menu for 2, but a la carte is great, or it would put a substantial dent in the tasting menu bill.
Perbacco is my #1 choice for an old-school, white-tablecloth meal with comfortable seats and correct service, the kind of place that’s an endangered species thanks to changing tastes. Traditional Italian food doesn’t get better around here. Great salumi, great pastas, great wine list, exceptional cheese plate. It always seems quiet to me.
La Ciccia is wonderful and $150 would go farther.
Flour + Water seems to me like a hipster bar with great food.
Thanks Robert . I think they would enjoy Perbacco . One of these days I want to get to La Ciccia it’s been on my radar for quite some time .
Do you have to actually dress up to eat at Perbacco?
You shouldn’t feel out of place either way. The mix at dinner typically ranges from developer casual to business casual to well-dressed American to well-dressed Italian to overdressed.
We were at the bar at Perbacco one night 4 or 5 years ago and a phalanx of security people showed up to check out the place. We learned later it was Chris Christie dining there (in the middle of the week, obviously not tending to New Jersey business) and I’ve never felt quite the same about the place :-). No, it’s a great spot and have had some of the best pasta there and also love that they do 1/2 portions.
My top choices from the current online menu (I’d try to save room for cheese):
a selection of house cured salumi inspired by traditional piemontese recipes: salame nostrano / pancetta stesa / capicollo / speck / lardo di cavour / pate di campagna / duck rillettes / ciccioli
slow roasted veal / lemon and albacore tuna sauce / capers / arugula
beef tenderloin tartare / garlic / langhe hazelnuts / crostino / black truffle
wide pasta ribbons / red wine braised short rib ragu / young onion / grated horseradish
FESTA DEI TARTUFI BIANCHI (MAGNATUM PICO)
renditions of traditional piemontese dishes with shaved white truffles
handcut thin tagliatelle / prosciutto di san daniele / 63 c egg
PLIN DI TOPINAMBOUR
agnolotti filled with roasted sunchokes / parmigiano reggiano
PAN ROASTED TURNIPS
bagna cuada / pan grattato
BROWN BUTTER BRUSSELS SPROUTS
capers / shallots / parmigiano reggiano
Met some old friends at Perbacco last night. Since we were catching up I didn’t take any photos except for this great wine they’re now sold out of.
I was disappointed to learn that they’ve discontinued the salumi program, but lots of people are doing that now and there’s plenty else to order.
Five of us shared five appetizers, four large pastas, three main courses, and a cheese course. Standouts were fritto misto (with among other things shrimp and fennel), roasted octopus, carne cruda, agnolotti dal plin, langaroli (somewhat similar to the agnoloti but made with quail and tarragon), the cannelloni (polenta crepes filled with fresh corn and sauced with corn fondue), and on the cheese plate the La Tur and Occelli Testun al Barolo. Great meal.