Carbonara pizza – Beretta

Carbonara pizza - Beretta
Bacon, two eggs, mozzarella, pecorino, and cracked black pepper. $15
Beretta, San Francisco CA

This pizza was very good! The crust was thin and delicious and the toppings were wonderful! Sure it was rich, fatty and heavy but all the flavors and textures worked perfectly together. Noms!

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA - Beretta
Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. $7

Walnut bread and burrata – Beretta

Walnut bread and burrata - Beretta
Mushroom-truffle honey. $8
Beretta, San Francisco CA

Mmm! Just give me burrata and I’m one happy camper. I loved these delicious bites of food! It was salty, silky, umami, creamy, and absolutely perfect. NOMS!

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Wind Up Bird cocktail - Beretta
Wind Up Bird: Japanese whiskey, carpano bianco, curacao, salted cacao. $11
This cocktail was very herby and liqueury tasting and so it wasn’t my favorite. Although it wasn’t sweet per se, it was leaning toward that profile.

Artisan salumi mixed plate – Beretta

Artisan salumi mixed plate - Beretta
Lardo, sopressata, hot coppa, prosciutto di parma, mortadella, with giardiniera and grilled bread. $18
Beretta, San Francisco CA

If you didn’t know that I love salumi, here’s proof! Hehe. Omg, this meat antipasti boards makes me SO hungry. Suffice it to say that every piece was joyfully devoured. NOMS!

Pink daisies
Pink daisies (Asteraceae), Noe Street.

Lamb chops – Beretta

Lamb chops - Beretta
With arugula and organic yogurt. $15
Beretta, San Francisco CA

Wow, these lamb chops were SO good! They were perfectly cooked, tender with a great lamb flavor. The lightly dressed arugula helped to cut the rich fattiness of the lamb, and the yogurt with basil chiffonade was a good flavor neutralizer. Noms!

Bart station art installation
Bart station art installation with avian and floral theme, 16th Street Station.

Cocktails 2 – Beretta

Lone Wolf cocktail - Beretta
Lone Wolf – bourbon, lemon, averna, gomme, cardamom. $10
Beretta, San Francisco CA

Mmm, the cocktails at Beretta are usually very tasty. BUT our first cocktail, however, took forever to come out. I don’t know if the waitress forgot to ring it up or they lost the ticket, but she eventually came over to apologize for the long delay. Not a good way to start a meal. I hate poor timing!

Improved Whiskey Cocktail - Beretta
Improved Whiskey Cocktail – rye, dubonnet, maraschino, absinthe. $11

Vamos Gigantes Mural
The “Vamos Gigantes” Mural, The Mission. Taking pride in the San Francisco Giants baseball team!

Squash pizza – Beretta

Squash pizza Beretta

Delicious pizza with squash, provolone, prosciutto, onion and goat cheese.  $15
Beretta, San Francisco

I usually don’t go for vegetable pizzas, but this one was spectacular!  Granted it also had prosciutto (that was my compromise, hehe).  You can see that it had SO much squash on it – I kind of felt healthy eating this pizza.  The thin crust was very good and it was sturdy enough to support all the toppings.  It had a nice bite, good char and a great flavor.  Beretta is up there with Delfina Pizzeria as one of the places where I feel confident on consistently getting a delicious pizza!

Eggplant caponatina – Beretta

Eggplant caponatina Beretta

Fried Japanese eggplants with cherry tomatoes, celery, basil, capers, Sicilian green olives, toasted pine nuts, white balsamic vinegar, and topped with a generous portion of burrata cheese. $9
Beretta, San Francisco

Wow, Beretta doesn’t skimp on the burrata cheese for this dish!  I personally love buratta.  The cream filled fresh mozzarella cheese acquires such a creamy, luscious texture.  It’s absolutely divine.  I’ve never had eggplant caponata before this, but I really enjoyed it.  The dish was very flavorful and the fresh vegetables, basil and pine nuts helped to brighten the fried eggplants.  There’s a lot going on here, but they all work.  The buratta is additional, but I highly recommend ordering it.  I don’t think I would have enjoyed this dish half as much sans the buratta!

Cocktails – Beretta

Nuestra Paloma Beretta

Nuestra Paloma – tequila, elderflower, cointreau, grapefruit, bitters. $10

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Dolores Park Swizzle Beretta

Dolores Park Swizzle – rhum, lime, maraschino, absinthe, bitters, garnished with mint. $9

Airmail Beretta

Airmail – rum, honey, lime, prosecco. $9
Beretta, San Francisco

If I had to rank these 3 cocktails from best to OK, I would say Nuestra Paloma, Airmail, then Dolores Park Swizzle.  The Nuestra Paloma had a great, distinct flavor combination.  I personally love tequila, and the addition of the other ingredients made for a wonderfully bright (and strong) drink.  The Airmail was good and very drinkable.  It didn’t taste particularly special though.  I didn’t enjoy the flavors int he Dolores Park Swizzle.  The cocktail was beautiful, but there was something in it that turned me off.  Perhpas it was the addition of absinthe.  I must say that I’m always impressed by the bartenders at Beretta for their cocktail making abilities, and almost all of their speciality cocktails are DELICIOUS!  During my last visit, though, our first drinks didn’t arrive at our table until our second dish was out.  Now that’s kind of inexcusable – sorry!

Dungeness crab arancini – Beretta

Dungeness crab arancini Beretta

Deep fried crab arancini served with a calabrese aioli. $10
Beretta, San Francisco

These are one of my favorite appetizers at Beretta! They are perfectly cooked and taste amazing with the calabrese aioli.  The warm arancini balls have delicious bits of dungeness crab inside and the arborio rice is soft and comforting – YUM! I only wish you got more that 4 arancini because I could eat these all day. I snapped the photo as the sun was setting through the front window to a pretty cool effect.