Bay leaf panna cotta – Incanto

Bay leaf panna cotta - Incanto
With preserved elderberries.
Incanto, San Francisco CA

Meh, I wasn’t too impressed by this dessert. I appreciated the delicate bay leaf flavor of the panna cotta, but I felt that the texture was way too soft like it’d been sitting out for too long.

Christmas camellia
Christmas camellia (Camellia sasanqua, Theaceae), Castro.


Little gem lettuce salad – Incanto

Little gem lettuce salad - Incanto
With lemon-anchovy vinaigrette.
Incanto, San Francisco CA

Sad. This was probably one of the saddest salads I’ve seen in a while. When I chose it, I wasn’t expected a bunch of limp butter lettuce leaves drenched in caesar dressing. Everyone at our table who ordered this asked for some grated parmesan to at least add some texture. This was sad.

Little kid eating his boogers
Little kid eating his boogers on the streetcar. LOL!

Boccalone antipasto platter – Incanto

Boccalone antipasto platter - Incanto
Assorted salumi served with roasted garlic, pickled radishes and onions, and coarse mustard.
Incanto, San Francisco CA

I LOVE SALUMI! Boccalone (Chris Cosentino’s salumeria) makes some fine cured meats. They have a storefront in the SF Ferry Building, and Incanto also sold some of their products at the restaurant. The meats were SO tender and flavorful. I loved everything on the plate!

Legion of Honor
California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Spaghettini with tuna hearts – Incanto

Spaghettini with tuna hearts - Incanto
With Sardinian cured tuna heart shavings, egg yolk, and parsley.
Incanto, San Francisco CA

Wow, this pasta was SO good! I’ve never had shaved tuna hearts before, but they tasted mighty fine. For me, they were more a textural component than flavorful. It was fun to mix the egg yolk into the pasta ourselves then portion the dish out.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2012

Bay Bridge lights
Bay Bridge lights!

Whole roasted pig – Incanto

Whole roasted pig - Incanto
Served with warm baby leeks and truffle vinaigrette, broccoli rabe, pork stuffing, and pork jus.
Incanto, San Francisco CA

I’m back! OK, I know I’ve been MIA and I apologize. Life has been hectic and I haven’t been able to adjust as quickly as I wanted to.

Anyway, it took the closing of Incanto to get me to blog today. Over the weekend, we celebrated a friend’s bday with the FINAL whole roasted pig dinner ever to be served at Incanto. It was a wonderful dinner and the food was delicious.

Whole roasted pig - Incanto
They brought out the whole roasted pork and it looked beautiful! I thought the gold leafed snout was a nice touch.

Whole roasted pig - Incanto
Our server carved the pig tableside. I was surprised that the body had actually been deboned prior to cooking so only skin and meat remained.

Whole roasted pig - Incanto
The meat was SO tasty, especially smothered in the pork jus.

Roasted pig skin - Incanto
I made sure to go back for plenty of the crispy skin.

Warm baby leeks - Incanto
The sides were also very good. The baby leeks were beautifully presented.

Broccoli rabe - Incanto
The broccoli rabe had a nice bitterness to them.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010, 2011