Il Cane Rosso
1 Ferry building, #41
San Francisco, CA 94111
Il Cane Rosso is a casual rotisserie and sandwich shop inside the Ferry building. It is run by Daniel Patterson who also runs the well-respected Coi restaurant. Our last visit was in the summer of 2011.
Decor, Vibe – Il Cane Rosso has a counter where you order your food. They deliver your order to your table when it is ready. There are a couple of tables inside and several outside. Most people order their food to go. They serve a three course supper every evening. ($25)
Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)
Il Cane Rosso Menu has soups, salads, sandwiches for lunch. In the evening, a switch to a prix fixe 3 course menu. The menu changes daily.
LONG AND BAILEY SPIT-ROASTED PORCHETTA sandwich with pickled cabbage, house-made mustard, and peppercress ($9) was an excellent sandwich tender meat, super fresh bread. The one that comes with the soup and sandwich had a skimpy portion of meat.
Marin Sun Farms Beef brisket sandwich ($5.50 for half) with pickled fennel and arugula, was a good sized sandwich with lots of tender meat and a very nice fresh bun.
MARIQUITA FARM SPINACH & GREEN BEANS walnuts, blue cheese, pickled shallots, mustard vinaigrette ($4 for half) was the salad of the day and featured some very fresh greens and a very light dressing. A good salad for hot summer days.
MARIQUITA FARM PARSNIP SOUP ($6) with paprika oil was a very good soup with subtle flavors. Large portion size. Parsnips must be in season as we’ve seen them all over the place.
PAN-ROASTED ORGANIC BROCCOLI RABE Bellwether ricotta, garlic, and lemon zest ($9) is a sandwich for vegetarians or nonmeat lovers. Excellent ingredients and very nice bread.
HOUSE-MADE YOGURT WITH RASPBERRY PRESERVES AND ALMOND STREUSEL ($6) had top notch tart artisan yogurt but could have used more toppings. Good sized bowl.
Hibiscus iced tea ($2.50) has a strong herbal flavor that should only be ordered if you like this kind of stuff.
HOUSE-MADE LEMON VERBENA SOFT SERVE ($4.50) with ROASTED STRAWBERRIES +$1.50 was melted, too sweet and heavy on the lemony flavor.
Il Cane Rosso took a while to bring our food. The restaurant is pretty busy during lunch. Their food was very good making this a no-brainer If You’re Visiting the Ferry Building. Prices are high but, most of the outlets here are in the upper end. You can call ahead with your order to minimize the wait. Be sure to check out Roli Roti and Prather Ranch.