Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Italian Food in Laurel Heights

Last minute plans found us dining with friends at Sociale Restaurant in Laurel Heights last Saturday night. This small neighborhood gem is found in a courtyard at 3655 Sacramento Street. Both indoor and outdoor dining are offered.

Sociale features Italian fare with a California accent. While we had to wait to be seated for 30 minutes beyond our scheduled reservation when earlier guests lingered, the staff at Sociale more than made up for the delay by offering us glasses of Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) and two appetizers on the house. We particularly enjoyed the deep fried olives.

We all had salads to start the meal. Two of us had delicious pasta with duck. One of my friends had nettle filled ravioli. I had never tried nettle, which is a green similar in taste to mint. Desserts included tasty goat cheese cake and panna cotta.

In addition to the Prosecco we enjoyed an Acorn Winery Dolcetto. Acorn is a small family-run winery in the Russian River Valley.

Call (415) 931-3200 to make a reservation at Sociale. Winetasting at Acorn is by appointment only. Take one of our Hidden Vineyards Tours and we can include a stop at Acorn. Tour reservations may be made by calling (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mailing me by clicking here.

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