San Francisco: Trattoria Contadina

The original plan was to check out Yat's for some cajun food.  But when AF and I got to The Boardroom (a bar where Yat's was supposed to be located), we found out that Yat's was no more.  Sadness!

We weren't really in the mood for bar grub, so cast onto the street, we started aimlessly wandering around.  We soon found ourselves in Little Italy, standing in front of Trattoria Contadina:

It looked popular enough, so we walked in.  The downstairs dining room was packed, but luckily the one upstairs still had plenty of seats.

First came the bread:

AF tried to pour some balsamic vinegar into the olive oil, but because the dish was too deep, despite being soaked in oil, the bread would barely be able to pick up any vinegar.  Super fail.

We decided to split two pastas.  The first was the carlesimo, which is rigatoncelli pasta with pancetta, porcini mushrooms, peas, and sun-dried tomatoes in a mildly spiced tomato cream sauce:

That was my favorite of the night.  People who know anything about me know that I hate peas.  Pockets of evil, I call them.  But ohmygoodiness!  These peas were fantastic!  I usually swallow peas whole, but when I accidentally bit into one, the burst of sweetness it added to the creamy sauce was simply amazing.

Our second pasta was the guglielmo, which is linguine with prawns, mushrooms, onions, prosciutto, and roasted peppers in a cream sauce:

The dish was sadly quite...bland.  It was nowhere as good as the previous dish, despite the fat prawns sitting in it.

Not bad for winging it in Little Italty, eh?  Next time I head up to that part of town, I'm going to do some research beforehand to see what else is good in the area.

Trattoria Contadina
1800 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 982-5728


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