Acquerello in housed near the busy Van Ness hub the building’s past life was a funeral home and if look around you’ll see the layout of a Mortuary. Regardless, Acquerello is one of my favorite restaurant and experience. Their service is beyond amazing and I don’t understand why good service is hard to find in San Francisco. They also have an award winning wine list. The sommelier recommended a bottle of Joseph Phelps 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon (my wine vendor told me it is now hard to get) which introduces my friends to the wonders of JP’s vineyard.
Acquerello is famous for their Parmesan budino which is like a flan/custard/panna cotta topped with a salad. Another popular dish with a enticing name is the Ridged pasta with foie gras, scented with black truffles and Marsala. The dish was too salty and we sent it back to the kitchen. When they remade the dish (MmmMm this time) the sommelier served us a complimentary wine pairing.
Everyone raves about Gary Danko’s cheese cart but Acquerello will give GD a run for his money. The cart is beautifully presented and the smell emitting is heavenly but we were too full for a cheese course. I will save stomach space next time for a cheese course. Complimentary biscotti served at the end.
The menu is affordable for a Michelin Star restaurant. 3 courses for $60, 4 for $72 and 5 or $82. Chef tasting menu available and one of the well deserved restaurant on Michael Bauer’s 2009 Top 100 Restaurants in the Bay Area.
1722 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94109