Some Enchanted Evening

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Courtesy of www.caffesociale.com  

The minute you step off the Sacramento St. sidewalk and through the gate down the brick alleyway, through the foliage, past the flower shop and the spa, you see it:  the charming twinkle lit courtyard of Sociale Restaurant in San Francisco.  But you’d swear you’ve stepped into a picturesque Italian postcard.

Call ahead and request a seat in the courtyard (much more interesting than their indoor seating) and you’ll be golden.  My hubby and I were celebrating our anniversary and this was the perfect restaurant. 

He started with the Duck Meatballs in a hearty tomato sauce, and I ordered the Bone Marrow appetizer.  The Bone Marrow was tasty, but nothing exciting.  It turned out to be the weakest part of the meal.  But my husband loved his dish, and I don’t blame him.  The meatballs were dense and earthy with the rich duck meat and herbs.  They were moist and flavorful.  The tomato sauce was sweet and bright.  A great match for the rich meat.  It was so delicious my husband practically licked his bowl clean.

We then moved on to our Wild Boar w/Pici Pasta and Ribeye Steak entrees.  The wild boar meat gave my pasta dish depth and richness.  The meat was moist and flavorful.  And the tomato sauce was surprisingly sweet.  Again, a perfect foil for such a rich meat.  The pasta tasted housemade and was cooked perfectly al dente.

My husband’s steak was cooked to an absolute perfect medium rare and it was obviously a quality cut of meat.  The meaty flavor wasn’t weighed down by too many flavors and it benefited from the grill and its perfect texture.  The fresh corn and dandelion greens tasted just picked and worked well with the steak.  All in all, two great entrees.

The meal was paced so well with perfect spacing between courses and the service was unpretentious and helpful.  Our server went above and beyond to make our meal memorable.  She helped us get the very last fruit sorbet of the night (The Jasmine and Cassis Sorbet was so subtle and fragrant.  A real winner.) and even an extra chocolate chip cookie because she knew it was our anniversary.  (It was probably the best cookie I’ve ever had in my life.  Really, it was that good.)  And when we couldn’t decide between different entrees, she steered us in the right direction.

It was a perfect destination if you want an intimate setting, good food, and unpretentious service.  It would also be great for out of town guests, too.  The ambience is really this restaurant’s best attribute.  So if you have an occasion to celebrate, there’s really no better place to go.

Oh, and the other big thing is EASY STREET PARKING!  When was the last time anyone said that about San Francisco?

Sociale - 3665 Sacramento St. – San Francisco – 415.921.3200

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