Monday, January 31, 2011

Fabulous Farina

I had a gorgeous meal at Farina with my equally gorgeous cousins, MCC and YJP, a few weeks ago. Yes, it was a bit pricey, but worth every penny. The scenestery Mission eatery is definitely back on my radar. This is love.

A refreshing tart-n-sweet-with-a-bit-of-a-bite radicchio of treviso and fennel salad sprinkled with walnuts and dressed with orange segments and balsamic vinegar.

Perfectly al dente Gragnano spaghetti (from Naples) tossed with a tumble of super fresh-and-sweet rock shrimp and clams.

The airiest handmade handkerchief pasta with Genovese basil pesto and big shavings of prosciutto. The menu says "Farina's pesto won the gold medal during the Genoa Pesto World Championship." I can see why ... AH-mazing.

My fave: Farina's oh-so-comforting, home-made pappardelle pasta, also done just right—that is, firm to the tooth—with a most succulent and musky wild boar ragu. MCC wanted to get in another order, but we wouldn't oblige her—we were stuffed to the gills (additional dishes not pictured).

And so we finished with the uber-creamy and luscious vanilla pannacotta with a generous drizzle of blueberry sauce. A very strong finish indeed.

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