Monday, April 14, 2008

Beretta Hits the Bull's Eye

When my pal at Urban Daddy plugged brand new Beretta, citing Bourbon & Branch as well as Slanted Door/Jardiniere mixology transplants as the reason why you'd wanna go, I didn't hesitate. Ten days after the doors opened, AC and I hit the Mission bar and restaurant. When we arrived just after 6:30 on a Thursday night, we found plenty of seats to be had. When we left a couple of hours later, it was standing-room only. Looks like Beretta's a hit with the 30-something yuppie scene already. And I can see why. The lovely cocktails—using top-shelf liquors and fresh ingredients—were only $9 each. AC and I decided to dabble and ordered 4 different drinks between us—from a refreshing citrus and gin beverage to a super-smokey mezcal and homemade pineapple syrup concoction called the Single Village Fix.

Of course, we needed some food to go with those stiff drinks. So, we had a sardine en saor dish that didn't thrill AC, but was OK by me. Not the best sardines I've ever had, but a nice little sweet-tart snack to start off with. Next up was the fried cauliflower with garlic and capers—cooked to the perfect crispity-on-the-outside-tender-on-the-inside and seasoned beautifully.

It was the fragrant rosemary, mild potato, bitter radicchio and stinky (in a really good nostril-flaring way) gorgonzola grilled pizza that had us oohing and aahing. The toppings married so well together with a fine complement of textures providing the right balance of crunch, chewiness and ooze. We were so pleased. I can't wait for my next trip to Beretta to try more of their specially crafted cocktails and mouth-watering 'za.

"We aim to please ..."

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