Sunday, January 18, 2009


So, I signed up for a magazine writing class with Stanford Continuing Ed and I thought I would post a few of my writings for the class. Here is my restaurant review...let me know what you think!

Whether you are a first time visitor or a native San Franciscan, there's a good chance that if you you're not looking, you may walk right past this humble gem. One block off the hub-bub of Columbus on Kearny, Tomasso's modest green doorway exemplifies the quiet confidence of a San Francisco institution that need not win customers over with florescent signs or elaborate decor. Since 1935 this restaurant has relied on old world charm, a feeling of family and authentic Italian food to work its way into the hearts of its customers.

Upon entry, a soft, lantern lit glow illuminates wall murals of Old Italy in this intimate tavern like restaurant. The best seat in the house is at a table along one of the side walls, where wood partitions create the feeling of private dining. Despite its off the beaten path location, this restaurant fills up fast. Arrive early in order to avoid a long wait in the cramped entryway.

Should you have to wait, Tomasso's has a selection of Californian and Italian wines that you may order and that will likely be brought out to you by a member of the Crotti family (owners).

For starters try one of the house specialties, the Coo Coo clams ($14.50) baked with oil and vinegar or the tender caper flavored Carpaccio ($12.00)

Tomasso's boasts the first wood fire pizza oven on the West Coast (Alice Waters followed Tomasso's lead) and after over 70 years of business you can't go wrong with the crisped-to- perfection pizza crusts and calzones ($15.50-26.00).

If you're feeling like something from the sea, the mixture of influences from the San Francisco Bay and the Bay of Naples (the hometown of the original owners) make for a very fresh Linguine with prawns, scallops and clams ($19.00) in a basil and garlic sauce. Or, if you're feeling like some of the Italian comfort food your Nonna makes, try the Spaghetti with Meatballs ($14.50), Homemade Ravioli ($15.00) in marinara, Stuffed Manicotti ($15.00), or Chicken Parmigiana ($16.00).

Tomasso's takes pride in it's comfy family feel and what Italian family sends you away without dessert? Looking for something decadent? Try the cannoli, a delightful mix of rich cream and a crispy pastry crunch. Or if you are trying to stick (at least loosely) to those New Years Resolutions---the biscotti and coffee offer a simple sweet ending and won't do too much harm.

Tomasso's is a great starting or ending point for an evening or day in San Francisco. Come in before heading over to Green Street to see Beach Blanket Babylon or after a day rummaging through City Lights. There are several public parking areas within walking distance.

1 comment:

Pipas para la paz said...

wow i loved this sister! good work, i would totally go eat there after reading that!