838 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
Great Eats in the City. Why did we dine here? – Chez Fico is a new Jewish Italian restaurant in San Francisco that has garnered a lot of hype. There is a long line queuing up for unreserved tables everyday. It has fallen to 3.5 Yelp stars, but we still wanted to try it out.
Insider Tip – Line up 30 minutes early
Cuisine – Italian
Location – Nopa district, San Francisco
Opened – 2018
Service – Chez Fico has reasonable service with a knowledgeable waitress. Pacing was fine albeit a little slow.
Verdict – Chez Fico lives up to its hype. The place is a loud scene and definitely very hot. The food surprised us by being equally compelling. Prices are not cheap, especially the big dishes.
This reminds us a little about Israeli food expert Zahav in Philadelphia.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.
Chez Fico Signature Dishes – Pizza, Pasta
Chez Fico’s Menu is pretty wide ranging with lots of starters, pasta, pizza, and some large dishes. Ample items for vegetarians.
Chez Fico Food Picks:
Grilled Chopped Duck Liver ($13) onion marmalatta, purple daikon, pickled onions, roman matzo is one of their signature dishes and is really done well.
wood fired octopus salad ($24) Fiddler’s Green Farm marbled potatoes, fennel, parsley & chili flake had lots of chopped up tender octobus. The greens seem reused in other dishes.
Warm Beef Tongue ($14) salsa verde, crispy capers, celery, pickled mustard seeds was also well done and very tender. No scary textures.
Smoked Paprika Strascinati ($28) lamb sugo, pepperonata, taggiasca olive, marjoram is a house made egg-less pasta that hits the mark. Strong flavor and very al dente.
Papparadelle Al Ragu ($28) bolognese, 48 month parmigiano reggiano is also stellar. Very expensive but worthwhile with lots of tender meat chunks.
Rancho Llano Seco Crispy Skin Porchetta ($55) market green salad, fennel pollen, arbequina olive oil is listed for 2 people but is huge, enough for 4. Awesome crispy skin and tender meat. Almost as good the next day as left overs. Reminds us of Chinese Crispy skin roast pork.
Nuvola Di Riso – Coconut Milk Rice Pudding, Ortiz Farms Raspberries, Caramelized Rice, Nectarine Syrup ($12) was a modern dessert with sweet/savory action. Also mild on both counts.
Complimentary Spiced nectarines
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?