Restaurant Review: Aperto


Aperto is a neighborhood Italian restaurant in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.  On the menu were Italian dishes that make use of seasonal ingredients: Early-Girl Tomato Soup, Bruschetta with Roasted Figs, Melted Teleme, Proscuitto, and Balsamic Reduction.  The pasta is all made in house, including ravioli, oriechetti, fettucini, and tagliolini.  The menu is divided into a traditional categories, antipasti, paste, secondi, contorni, dolce.

The meal started with some complimentary warm foccacia with olive oil.  For starters I had the Roasted Summer Stone Fruit Salad with Pork Belly, Frisee, Arugula, and Gorgonzola Vinaigrette.  The pork belly was roasted perfectly and was complemented by the acidity and sweetness of the roasted peaches and cherries.  The gorgonzola vinaigrette added another flavor note that worked well with the overall dish.

Continuing with the bacon theme, I had the Taglioni “Pepati”, Garlic, Smoked Bacon, Jalapeno, Roast Tomato Sauce, Arugula, Butter, Pecorino, and Grana Cheeses.  The spicy tomato sauce was quite good, sticking to the strands of taglioni.  The portion sizes were very generous, and the pasta was reasonably priced. I left feeling quite satisfied.  We were going to a dessert place afterwards but the cherry and almond clafouti and strawberry shortcake looked like interesting desserts.

The service staff was very welcoming and attentive.  The place is small and a bit noisy, but overall I would definitely recommend Aperto for its bold flavors and reasonable prices.

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