San Francisco-Financial District
May 11, 2018
This popular after-work spot on Mission Street has a real buzz about it. The lounge at Americano part of the Hotel Vitale – is always packed with people keen to unwind with a drink and the dining area shouldn’t be overlooked as it serves some of the tastiest Italian food in the city. The chef extols the ‘slow food’ approach, decent ingredients given a chance to sing. The flavours are big and robust and the house-made pastas are particularly good, while the oxtail risotto gets rave reviews. The menu changes seasonally and focuses on a few dishes done well using market fresh ingredients, so don’t expect a menu that could be used as a door stop it’s quality not quantity on offer here. Americano is open for breakfast and dinner (lunch during the week, brunch at weekends). Excellent cocktails are served in the bar (including a potent blood orange martini) which is notable because the cocktail bar is circular in design, giving panoramic views. The décor is lots of natural wood, and plenty of windows designed to maximise the views, and private dining space is available if you have something to celebrate with a group of friends. The venue throbs nightly with a lively crowd mostly young professionals the air resonating with their interlacing voices. It can get loud, yes, but that’s all part of the appeal and there’s always an extensive outdoor patio to escape to, if you find the indoors starting to get a bit too much and you just want to take in the views on a warm evening.