Last night, a couple of us went to celebrate my friend Lauren's birthday. We went down to the Mission to Bar Bambino. First though, we stopped at a little bar with a funny name to watch the Giants game before our reservation...BOLLY HOOD. haha
Bar Bambino is an Italian restaurant. We shared a couple of appetizers and dinner was family style. It's rustic inside with wood floors & thick wooden tables. We sat at a large table in the back of the restaurant. Inside, it is pretty dark, with low lighting & candles on the tables.
We had the:
Tempura-dipped, golden-fried squash blossoms stuffed with
Bellwether Farms ricotta and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
4Bs = Baby Bar Bambino BLT
Pancetta, arugula, heirloom tomato and lemon aioli. Get ‘em
while the tomatoes rock.
Summer on a slice of bread. Heirloom tomatoes, fresh torn
basil, and garlic.
Egg, truffle salt, and Parmigiano-Reggiano
Roasted beet, cucumber and pumpkin seed salad
Baby beets, crisp cucumber, toasted pumpkin seeds, wild
baby arugula and Styrian pumpkin seed oil dressing.
Egg pappardelle with slow-braised rabbit (Clearly I did not eat this!)
Rich house-made egg yolk noodles cut wide and served with
our classic, divine braise of rabbit.
Spelt fazzoletti with a market-mix of mushrooms
Our fazzoletti, or “little handkerchiefs”, are made from the
ancient relative to wheat, spelt. Local market mushrooms
are lovingly sauteed in sweet cream butter and thyme.
For dessert, there was vanilla ice cream with lavender and a chocolate cake.
Everything was delicious, however, it was pricey. It is definitely a share/family style restaurant and the portions are not large by any means. You have to order a couple of one dish to make it be a big sharing portion. With all of the Italian restaurants in SF, I am not sure I'd go back but it was a great dining experience. It was great to celebrate with Lauren & friends!!