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Monday, January 31, 2005

Roses are Red and Zuni is Yummy!

It's Monday night -- guess what that means? I have two weekend nights of food experiences to blog about (yes, Aren and I are weekend-only diners out).

Until this weekend, we hadn't ventured into North Beach since moving up to the city. This is probably because I don't love going to Italian restaurants. I find that pretty good Italian meals are easy to cook at home, so I only want to go to Italian if it's amazing. My recent good experience at Oliveto, however, made me want to give the Italian dining scene a chance. We ended up at Rose Pistola, a fairly touristy restaurant (it's appeared on the Food Network) that gets solid reviews. The meal was, well, fine. We had a pretty tasty, unique appetizer -- chickpea farinata -- a pancake made of chickpea flour baked in the wood-burning oven. I had a pizza for my main course. It wasn't as crisp as a wood-oven pizza should be, but I still enjoyed eating it. Everything else was fair. I'm sure we'll go back to Rose Pistola at some point, but probably not in the near-term.

We went to Zuni Cafe on Saturday night. Well, first we went to Hotel Biron, a wine bar just around the corner from Zuni. It's very cozy and quiet and has a great selection of wines. I was a very bad girl and had a dessert wine from Vinum Cellars before my meal. I very much enjoyed my meal at Zuni. Some people say the restaurant is snobbish, but I've never found that to be the case. Perhaps that's b/c I always request a table in the more quiet upstairs, away from the bar where maybe all these beautiful/snobby people congregate? I tried Zuni's famous shoestring potatoes for the first time, which are clearly famous for good reason. We also spent a good part of our meal peering down at the tables below us to see what other people were enjoying.

I'm already looking forward to this weekend. We have some friends from Seattle (ex-SF-ers) coming into town on Friday. We're going to Chapeau! with them -- they are fellow food-lovers, so I'm excited to share one of my fave spots with them!

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