1199 Valencia street (at 24th)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Beretta is a contemporary Italian comfort food restaurant in the San Francisco Mission district. They serve inventive cocktails, specialty pizzette, and more. They use organic, fresh, seasonal, and local items when possible.
The decor is modern black. Many of the tables by the window are crammed inches apart to maximize seating. The place was filled with couples and small parties mostly in the 21-40 age range. The place does not take reservations unless you have 6+ people. You have to wait for a seat starting around 7pm or so.
Spicy italian sausage Pizza with panna & spring onions ($13) has a very very thin crust, and a good amount of high quality toppings. Edge was not very thick nor was it very crunchy.
Super Thin Crust
This is a decent pizza but not as good as Pizzeria Delfina, Giani, or A16.
Panzanella with cucumber & heirloom tomatoes ($7) was a refreshing and healthy salad with very light dressing. The tomatoes were fresh and in the peak of their season.
Saffron risotto with osso buco ($14) was a smaller dish but provided good tasting risotto that wasn’t too salty. The Osso buco was very tender and flavorful. A good balanced combination.
Bonet-Chocolate Gelato with amaretti and caramel ($7) was a good desert with rich chocolate flavor, not a lot of cream, accentuated by some caramel topping.
Boccalone artisan salumi with giardiniera, lardo, prosciutto di parma, lonza, mortadella, sopressata ($14) was a pretty big plate of salumi. The quality was ok but this dish did not have any wow factor. The lardo was almost pure fat.
Dolores park swizzle ($9) with rum, lime, maraschino, absinthe, bitters was a balanced strong cocktail that wasn’t very fruity, and a little bitter.
vanilla gelato with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt ($7) was a really weird combination that waitress suggested. One of us found it interesting and balanced between the creamy gelato and the subtle oil. The other person I was dining with found it interesting and not worth a second try.
The service was above average with the waiter or bus boys coming by in regular intervals. Beretta’s prices are not high, so they offer good value for the dollar. Serving high quality food at reasonable prices is a winning combination. They do add 4% to cover San Francisco health costs.