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Jul222005

Bella Trattoria

I am now officially posting from a house in Maillane, a small town in the south of France near Avignon. It took a little tinkering with the settings but the DSL here does indeed work! I've already had a very nice piece of foie gras (last night) and some great rillettes with a fresh baguette (just now for breakfast), but I've still got a bit of SF posting to go. Next up is Bella Trattoria, a little Italian place in Inner Richmond that makes their own pasta. The place is a pretty classic neighborhood Italian place, with consistently good food and friendly service. This is from a meal with my mom and a few of her friends. Anyway, we're about to head to St. Remy so I gotta make this a bit quick.

antipasto della casa - grilled eggplant, zucchini, cold cuts - $9 Pretty solid appetizer plate... I especially liked the zucchini. All of the meats were quite good too.

mozzarella con bruschetta - fresh mozzarella served with tomato bruschetta - $7.95 This was very well prepared, but the tomatoes weren't that great. This meal is from a couple of weeks ago; I guess the really awesome tomatoes weren't quite out yet.

la polenta di Bella - shitake mushroom & gorgonzola over polenta - $6.5 Nice, soft polenta. It's a bit reminiscent of the version at Zuni, but with a pretty good dose of gorgonzola. The mushrooms were a nice addition.

portobello balsamico - portobello mushroom prepared with balsamic vinegar reduction - $9.5 This was very tasty. The mushrooms were juicy and delicious. The balsamic vinegar reduction was very flavorful; I ended up sopping up most of it with bread.

anatra - potato dumplings with a muscovy duck ragu - $13.95 Delicious, fluffy little gnocchi in a hearty duck sauce. I think the picture can speak for itself on this one. They were very generous with the ragu, so much so that I'd probably have liked more gnocchi to balance it out! :) Sorry to make this short but I gotta run. Bella is a great neighborhood pasta spot... I've tried many of the pastas on the menu and they're pretty much all well prepared and delicious. Check it out!

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Hi anatra in my coutry, it's �oquis, that is the name of the anatra in my country, we are all descendant from italian families, and the �oquis mmmm they are special
Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 6:15AM | Unregistered Commenterbruce

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