San Francisco-Outer San Francisco
May 11, 2018
Berreta, a new wave Italian eatery and bar in the Mission district, eschews the old style trattoria vibe for something altogether sleeker and slicker. It’s an elegant, airy, two-storey space accented with lots of dark-wood. There’s a central bar and a communal table surrounded by smaller, more intimate seating areas, with large windows, chandeliers and dangling light fittings. With a menu prepared under the auspices of chef/owner Ruggero Gadaldi, food is uniformly good, focusing on Italian comfort food done well: the menu is fresh, seasonal and, where possible, produce is organic and/or sourced from local farmers. The artisanal, Neapolitan style thin-crust pizzas are especially good (bonus points for an inventive vegetarian selection, and having vegan cheese on the menu the place tries to offer vegetarian and vegan options where possible). They also do a great range of delicious antipasti and small plates and a brunch that offers more than the usual suspects we’d be tempted by the Budino, which is parmesan and scallion bread pudding topped with fried eggs. If you’re there for a drink, the cocktail list is definitely worth your attention, and the friendly, helpful bar tenders really know how to mix a drink the cocktails are put together with precision and flair. The Nuestra Paloma is an ambrosial blend of tequila, Cointreau, elderflower and grapefruit and the Airmail, a mix of honey, rum, lime and prosecco, will soon have you flying we also like the ambition of calling one of your drinks the Improved Whisky Cocktail (and loading it with absinthe). The place fizzes with a young food-savvy crowd.
What their peers say
“The best cocktail bars in San Francisco are the least pretentious bars in the city. Why? Because the scene was founded, and is still run by, barmen and women with decades of experience who have seen trends come and go. The best of these bars right now is Beretta, opened by seasoned veteran bartenders Thad Vogler, Todd Smith, Eric Johnson and Ryan Fitzgerald.” Jim Meehan of PDT, New York
“This is the bar where I fell in love with cocktails when it first opened. It was the Justice League of bars with every well known bartender working the stick, and a cocktail menu so good, it spawned the San Francisco Bay Area’s love for gin and other spirits besides flavored vodka (which was huge at the time).” WBB Writer Lou Bustamante