Want to know what "modern Italian" tastes like? Head to this Fillmore spot where Matthew Accarino shows the city what it's all about. He's producing some of the most exciting food in the Bay Area on his ever-evolving menu.
That could be an antipasti of Wagyu beef carpaccio with smoked egg dressing, fried oysters, and salsify chips; or red trout with grapes, almonds, parsley root, and bacon brown butter.
This venture is a casually charming, 45-seat osteria with Roman-inspired cuisine, offering a buzzing ambience popular with locals. The wine list under Shelley Lindgren features 25-plus Italian wines by the taste, glass, and carafe, including 60 bottles hailing from Lazio.
The loyalists come here for the nine antipasti and piccolo (the chicken liver is a favorite), eight superlative pastas (many of them are stuffed), and savory mains, like bacon-wrapped rabbit saddle. The appetizing and inventive menu changes constantly with the seasons (and chef Matthew Accarrino's whims), but the pastas are particularly notable — you'll want to try a few at least, so come hungry.