510 Stevenson St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Why did we dine here? – Montesacro is a hidden Italian gem, located in an alley right off a hardcore scary block of 6th Street in downtown San Francisco. The name comes from a neighborhood in Roma. We were tipped off about this place from a friend. Gianluca Legrottaglie, who runs nearby 54 Mint, opened this stylish restaurant, that transports you back to Rome, in 2015.
Pinsa’s are a flatbread that was once prepared by peasants living outside the imperial walls during the Roman empire.
Montesacro is the first “Pinseria” in the United States. It presents a modern take on Pinsa that is made with a blend of rice,
soy and wheat flour imported directly from Rome, All GMO-free.
Insider Tip – Enter from 7th street, walking down Stevenson. Check out the bathroom
Cuisine – Italian
Location – Downtown San Francisco
Opened – 2015
Service – Montesacro had friendly service that was adequate. They did forget to tell us about dessert.
Verdict – Montesacro will transport you back to Rome. A hidden restaurant, that while not cheap, has decent food and is pretty cool.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.
Montesacro Signature Dishes – Pinsa
Montesacro’s Menu has many Antipasti starters, many types of cheese, and a wide variety of Pinsas. Panini’s are available at lunch time.
Montesacro Food Picks:
Carpaccio ($15) Cured Beef Bresaola, Wild Baby Arugula, Mushroom, Parmigiano Reggiano, Lemon and Olio was a good appetizer to have before the Pinsa’s. Lots of thinly sliced meat and arugula.
Beet Salad ($14) with Roast baby beets, ricotta salata, sunflower sprouts was pretty big, and full of several types of fresh beets. A nice starter.
Margherita Pinsa ($15) – Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil is one of our favorite pizzas, but this is different with a thicker crust and oval shape. You eat it Italian style, by cutting it with a knife and fork. They could have been more liberal with the cheese.
Centocelle Pinsa ($21) – Mozzarella, Tomato, Artichokes, Mushroom, Olives, Hard-Boiled-Egg, Prosciutto di Parma was our favorite Pinsa of the day. A nice pinsa full of toppings.
Maranella Pinsa ($21) – Mozzarella, Broccolini, Spicy Pork Sausage, Stracciatella di Burrata was okay but a big on the spicy side. The dollups of cheese made it hard to portion out the cheese.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?