Restaurant Reviews

Caputo

December 15, 2015

I have been excited to post this review for a while because there are some must try dishes detailed below. My Argentina vacation pushed it back a little, but I’m glad to be writing about this new restaurant.

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:

Winner.
Service, décor and food were all great. The drinks, pecorino flan, branzino and ravioli were orgasmic!

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

Caputo took over the vacant location that previously housed the Slanted Door (before they moved to the Ferry Building). The name comes from a brand of double zero, finely milled flour used to make Neapolitan pizzas. The location is quite large, but has been decorated to feel homey and inviting. The rustic, wooden décor feels warm and the open kitchen concept gives the restaurant a nice touch. There’s bar, booth and table seating with enough space to come grab a drink after work. The kitchen itself is pretty basic, but the décor on the bar is very nice. When I went it seemed that the wait staff was still going through training and were ironing out all the kinks. However, I got great service from Claudia, our waitress, and everyone was very attentive. They definitely have an “aim to please” mentality with attention to detail that I very much appreciated!

What we ate/drank:

  • Cucumber Collins ($12)
  • Tequila Sour ($10)
  • Meatballs Al Forno ($12)
  • Margherita Pizza ($16)
  • Charred Octopus ($14)
  • Pecorino Flan ($12)
  • Raviolo ($19)
  • Whole Mediterranean Branzino ($29)
  • Valrhona Chocolate Terrine ($10)
  • Butterscotch Budino ($10)
  • Pine Nut Tart ($10)

Thoughts?

The Cucumber Collins was very good; just enough alcohol, light and reminded me of my favorite drink, Unencumbered from Reed and Greenough. The lemon flavor is very prevalent making the drink a sour concoction. I really like it, but beware if that’s not a taste you prefer.

I loved the Tequila Sour! It tasted like a margarita, but the addition of egg whites made it very pisco-esque. I would definitely recommend it!

The octopus was great, very lemon-y which is just how I like it and it had the perfect charred taste. The whole dish was very tasty. I do think it’s a bit on the small side, but it’s a great way to start your meal.

OH MY… this flan is out of this world! It’s rich, creamy, smooth and full of flavor. I have never had anything like this before and I will definitely be back to have it again. Although the  whole meal was great, this was a definite highlight. It’s orgasmic and I would highly suggest demand you don’t come here without trying this. It doesn’t need it, but this also goes great with the house bread.

This was another stellar dish! Decadent and amazingly rich, this dish had so much flavor. The outside is a bit crispier and the inside is cheesy and perfect. Honestly this was delicious! I suggest you cut from the middle because there is an egg inside and that will ensure you pop the yolk and get egg with every bite! The size was perfect because it is so rich; it’s a great dish to share. Enjoy!

I was really excited for the pizza, but it wasn’t that great. We went with margherita because it’s a staple and one that should be delicious in it’s simplicity. This is also the one our waitress recommended. However, it was too plain. It lacked flavor, didn’t have enough sauce and we honestly didn’t bother trying to finish it because everything else was so good that this just seemed like empty calories.

The meatballs were good. They weren’t my favorite thing we had that night, but the sauce and bread all went together nicely. The meat itself was also nice and tender.

The branzino had a great texture and flavor. It was charred and delicious. The salad that came with it was nothing special, but the fish itself was exquisite. My only complaint is that there wasn’t enough sauce, but that’s just because it was SO delicious that I wanted more. The sauce had a lot of lemon and complemented the flavor of the fish perfectly. I would highly recommend this dish as well!

Did your meal really happen if you didn’t eat dessert? Just kidding, it obviously did because with dishes like the pecorino flan, ravioli and branzino you would definitely be more than satisfied. However, since I can never walk away from a dessert menu we decided to fully commit and try 3. Don’t judge me! I was happy to see a Valrhona chocolate cake because I personally think Valrhona cocoa powder and chocolate is the best. I did, however, find this cake dark and extremely rich. This is best served with a tea or something to cut the intense flavor. I could only have a few small bites. It isn’t sweet which is nice for true cocoa lovers, but it is VERY chocolate-y.

The pine nut tart was just okay. For my taste it was a bit bland. If you really like pine nuts this may be the way to go, but it just tasted like bread and pine nuts. The texture was nice and it held together nicely, but the flavor didn’t impress me.

The real winner of the night was the butterscotch budino. Wow! The sea salt caramel is amazing and the almond biscotti adds the perfect crunch. I would suggest sharing this because the portion is generous and the dessert itself is rich. I really loved this and found it to be the perfect end to a great meal.

Let me know what you guys thought and if you haven’t tried Caputo yet, I think it’s a great newcomer to the SF scene. 🙂

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