SPQR

San Francisco-Pacific Heights

4.3 / 5

May 11, 2018

This Italian restaurant - the initials stand for The People and Senate of Rome - is one of San Francisco's best-regarded places to dine and drink, a deserved Michelin star-winner...

This Italian restaurant – the initials stand for The People and Senate of Rome – is one of San Francisco’s best-regarded places to dine and drink, a deserved Michelin star-winner. The room is long and handsome, a classic, not over-styled space, with lots of rich dark wood and fairly simple seating. A perch at the bar is recommended if you want to best appreciate the skill of the kitchen. Matthew Accarirno’s dishes are fresh and zingy and full of seasonal flavour: a springy, bright green pea soup, an impeccably grilled octopus, a dazzling, truffle-laced risotto. The assembly and presentation of each drink is superb. The wine list is also a thing of beauty, ranging from region to region and featuring a selection of excellent and often lesser known Italian wines including an orange wine very of the moment, orange wine made by nuns. There’s a good selection available by the glass and carafe as well as a good array of dessert wines and after-dinner liqueurs, Trust us, you’ll want to save room for their peanut and chocolate pudding with chocolate gelato.