We celebrated Chris' birthday at Incanto Restaurant. Located at 1550 Church Street at Duncan in Noe Valley. At 6:30 PM parking was easy, but parking may be difficult at later times. Featured in an Anthony Bourdain TV episode on San Francisco, it has a reputation for it devotion to pork and offal. I love pork, but I'm a little quesy about innards. Katie, however, is adventuresome and ordered the lamb heart tartar. I admit it was good, but I stopped at a taste. Katie gobbled it up.
The design of the restaurant has a nice traditional Italian feel about it, but still crisp and contemporary. The front of the restaurant faces east and at 6:30 PM the summer late afternoon sunlight reflected off the walls of building across the street -- backlighting and making the faces of my dining partners difficult to see. It's a difficult lighting problem. You either boost the lighting on the inside to balance the light from the outside -- or you shade the windows from the outside glare.
The salumi platter was available in three sizes and the mid-sized platter was generous and the selection good. My slow braised pork shoulder lacked the succulent moisture I was expecting. Best dishes were the ragu handkerchief pasta with duck egg on top - deliciously rich and Bay leaf panna cotta. They have a great looking website and an interesting read. Take a look here.
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