Americano, San Francisco (October 2008)

If Americano had not been offering the appetite stimulus menu this week, I probably would not have ventured across the bay to this heretofore unknown trattoria.

On a cooler evening like tonight, this soup was a good starter with the squash’s sweetness tempered by freshly ground pepper.
Butternut squash soup with chives, crème fraîche, and hazlenut oil.
After a few tasting menus, I forgot a normal entree’s dimensions; when this plate arrived at the table, I appreciated its munificence.
Mustard glazed pork in a natural jus, polenta, and kale
These warm, fluffy confections were simple and delicious.
Beignets with chocolate sauce and apricot reduction
Pros: Freshly baked sourdough and generous portions
Cons: A bit too loud

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