Tonnarelli “cacio e pepe” – Locanda

Tonnarelli cacio e pepe - Locanda
Pecorino di fossa, long pepper, basta. $16
Locanda, San Francisco CA

This salt and pepper pasta was simple and simply delicious. I loved the texture of the pasta and it tasted great. Mmm…

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Jewish-style artichoke – Locanda

Jewish-style artichoke - Locanda
Each $8
Locanda, San Francisco CA

I wasn’t sure what made this artichoke preparation “Jewish” but I’ve read that it’s because they’re deep fried – a preparation originating in the Jewish ghetto in Rome. Anyway, I liked the resulting texture and flavor, but I thought that the artichokes they used were too mature and the long leaves were difficult to maneuver through. I wasn’t sure if you were supposed to eat the brown curls, but I found them inedible. The whole thing was one the greasy side as well. This was NOT a winner in my book.

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Water - Locanda
Water.

Black adaba date crostata – Locanda

Black adaba date crostata Locanda

Earl grey, almond, vanilla gelato. $9
Locanda, San Francisco

This was the best part of the meal! But I guess since it was one of my birthday dinners, dessert is always the best part. Seriously though, this crostata was beautiful and delicious. I’ve never had a date crostata before, but the black adaba dates tasted amazing with the almond. And vanilla gelato can’t disappoint. I’m not sure where the Earl grey was, but I think it was incorporated into the glaze?

Black adaba date crostata Locanda

Grilled snapper collar – Locanda

Grilled snapper collar Locanda

Cavolo nero, olives, white beans. $22
Locanda, San Francisco

This was SO good! The fish was perfectly grilled and the flavor combination was new to me. I loved the cavolo nero with the olives and white beans. A very hearty dish and beautifully executed. Cavolo nero is also known as black cabbage, Tuscan cabbage, Tuscan kale, lacinato, and dinosaur kale. I’m guessing that they used it to make the green broth.

Heritage porchetta – Locanda

Heritage porchetta Locanda

Arugula, fingerling potato, onion. $24
Locanda, San Francisco

Again, this dish was definitely on the salty side. But the pork was SO tender and flavorful that I almostforgave the saltiness of it. I surely couldn’t eat the entire thing without a few gallons of water. The pork was also VERY fatty. I love fatty cuts, but this was over the top. As a general theme, my meal at Locanda was salty.