Little Italy, is one of my favorite spots for spending a lazy Sunday in San Francisco. With lots of cafés trottoir style restaurants and coffee shops, it’s the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon people watching. Tourists swerving left and right, lost in their maps, locals coming from farmer’s markets and loud Italians catching up over an espresso, little Italy SF is one lively place.
Tucked in one of the busiest corners of little Italy, is a charming, modern looking, (Italian) restaurant, called Panta Rei. With eye catching and vibrant decor, and delicious looking food, almost everyone passing by stops to take a look.
We’ve passed by it so many times now, and finally decided to give it a try.
Staring with the Frittura Mista: fried calamari, shrimp and zucchini combo. Sizzling hot, crunchy and tasty little bites, dipped in a delicious home made tartar sauce… A true mediterranean delicacy.
Sipping on some imported Italian wine from Toscany, we nibbled our aperitivo as we watched people pass by our table. It wasn’t too long before our main dishes arrived.
A Flat bread style white pizza, baked until the edges are charred, the real Italian way. With no red sauce, just lots and lots of mozzarella cheese toped with bresaola, arugula and shaved parmesan. Doughy, crispy and stringy!
And of course, a home made pasta… when in Rome, hun?!…
The parpadelle pasta with duck meat and a brandy pink sauce had good flavors but was drenched in a little too much oil for our taste.
Even though, it wasn’t quite the perfect Italian meal we’d hoped for, it was just nice having somewhat of a lazy Sunday in our favorite part of the city!
How do you like to spend your Sundays? What are your favorite low key plans?
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