If allowed only one S.F. restaurant to eat at for the rest of time (and out of my own wallet), I’d choose Beretta in the Mission, which serves Italian small plates and pizzas with inventive cocktails and well curated wines. It may not be on the highest level in the city, but it consistently puts out delicious, seasonal dishes with high quality, farmers market produce in a darkly lit, hipster-friendly setting. And all this at a great price point, making it one of the best food values in San Francisco.

On a recent visit, my parents, my hubs, my bro, and I ordered (L to R, Top to Bottom):

  • Deep fried crab arancini served with a calabrese aioli $10
  • Eggplant caponatina $6
  • Gnocchi with porcini & smoked pancetta $9
  • Mussels al guazzetto $9
  • Broccolini with peperoncino & garlic $6
  • Saffron risotto with osso buco $16
  • Pizza w/ prosciutto di parma, tomato, arugula & mozzarella $15 (w/ anchovy +$2)
  • Budino di cioccolato $8
  • Tiramisรน with rum-mascarpone $7

All were delicious, nothing was a miss — although the desserts are the weak link. Some portions were awkward to divide amongst our party of five. But no portion was too small to leave anyone hanging.

And a couple of our favorite cocktails (not pictured):

  • Paper Tiger: bourbon, cocchi americano, amaro, bitters $10
  • Nuestra Paloma: tequila, elderflower, cointreau, grapefruit, bitters $10

To top our evening off, we quaffed a bottle of Chappellet Pritchard Hill 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (packed in my father’s suitcase from L.A., coming full circle back to NorCal). Wine Enthusiast Magazine describes it as “a sweet, delicious Cabernet thatโ€™s a touch warm in alcohol, but lush and refined.” Lush and refined it was — the best wine the hubs and I have had in a long time. xx


1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
ph: (415) 695-1199
*only accepts reservations for parties of 6+

3 thoughts on “BERETTA SF

  1. This was one of the best restaurant meals I’ve had in a while. Next time we’re bringing the low-light lens!

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