Barbacco Restaurant Review, San Francisco
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Barbacco Eno Trattoria is an Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s financial district that opened in early 2010. It is a lower-cost sister restaurant to next-door and well-regarded restaurant Perbacco. Michael Bauer recently gave Barbacco three stars or an excellent rating.
Decor, Vibe – Barbacco has elegant modern decor, with a long row of counter seating. We went for lunch and found the place packed to the rafters with the nearby Financial district crowd. It was very loud.
Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)
Barbacco’s Menu has a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, and small plate appetizers for lunch.
roasted beets salad / citrus / fennel / rucola / olive vinaigrette ($6 for small) is a good sized refreshing salad with a couple slices of fresh beets and some blood oranges.
quick braised squid / tomato / chili / garlic / spicy pan grattato ($8) had just a couple of pieces of squid and was mostly tangy tomato sauce for spreading on toasted bread.
slow roasted shoulder porchetta /radicchio / grape agro-dolce ($10) was a very tasty sandwich with tender meat in a strong sweet component but not as good as Roli Roti’s version.
braised chicken thighs / escarole / Castelvetrano olives garlic confit / almonds ($11) had two tender chunks of flavorful chicken in a strongly flavored escaroles.
fried Brussels sprouts / capers / anchovy /shallot-red wine vinaigrette ($4) are not as heavily deep fried as we anticipated. The anchovy marinade was a bit overwhelming.
Barbacco had fair service that started strong with good recommendations but faded as a place became full. Prices are reasonable at lunch for such very good quality food, no wonder they were so crowded. If you’re in the San Francisco financial district and want Italian food, be sure to give this place try. Make reservations, or come early to avoid waiting.
Barbacco has extensive wine list with glasses from $9 and bottles from $35. 3oz, 6oz, 250ml, 500ml, 750ml portions available.
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