Poesia Happy Hour 5pm to 6.30pm

September 10, 2012


Negroni Sbagliato: Campari, Sweet Vermouth Carpano, Prosecco

Dirty Italian Martini: Skyy vodka, Cerignola Olives

18th Street: Tanquerey Gin, Fresh Strawberries, Ginger

Ellis Island: Maker’s MARK, Carpano Vermouth, swish of Strega



White: Fiano Pandiani, Sicilia 2010

Red: Barbera Levis, Piemonte 2010














Please ask your server for the topping of the day

Organic Pistachios seasoned with orange and chili



Cerignola, castelvetrano and sicilian marinated olives



Monterey bay fresh sardine, bread crumbs, romano cheese



Fried zucchini blossoms stuffed with ricotta cheese and anchovy



Braised Pork Ribs in a spicy tomato sauce



Cheese plate with Asiago, Taleggio, Pecorino Crotonese



{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Richard September 17, 2010 at 11:50 am

What a gem in the Castro. This place has authentic Calabrese food (Sou-Ital) The beets salad was fresh, and delicious. I had the Pork ribs in Homemade pasta. Flavors were good and the sauce was tasteful. The Bread are small loaves and cubes, like my own grandma used to make.
Please try the Librandi Citrone wine :Fruity and nut flavor. Fantastico.
The owner Francesco is friendly and welcoming and so was Jesus the waiter, a hard to find genuine “good” waiter and Euro. An altogether pleasurable experience


Ann September 17, 2010 at 11:53 am

What a nice surprise! This is upstairs in an old Victorian row house, but when you walk in, you are treated to a chic, European decor. The waitstaff was very friendly, if a little slow, but we enjoyed our meal so much it didn’t matter. The ricotta gnocchi with citrus sauce was excellent. I ordered the Pollo al Mattone and was delightfully surprised with the flavors. I hadn’t known what to expect, but it was delicious. My dining partner orderd the orrichette with artichokes, walnuts, and provolone. Excellent choice as well. The dessert is what we talked about all night. The chocolate mousse! Small scoops of dense, rich mousse on a smear of marscapone cheese, sprinkled with rock salt, and drizzled with olive oil. There’s a whole chili on the plate and everything is dusted with chili powder. You take a small scoop of mousse with the cheese, and then just touch your spoon on the chili to break it. When the combination goes into your mouth, it bounces around on your palette unbelieveably. What a combination of flavors all at once! Our only complaint was that we wished the scoops of mousse were a bit larger. We each got a golf-ball sized portion. But it was delicious!
For those who are interested, they have poetry reading nights there as well, hence the name.


Brunello October 13, 2010 at 4:12 pm

This restaurant made our visit to San Francisco the best ever… great place for a fine dining… can’t wait to go back… lovely city… perfect restaurant… un caloroso abbraccio a tutto il personale.
Ciao a presto.


Christine October 31, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Hi – we just booked you for Christmas dinner, December 25, 2010. Are you planning something special?


Francesco November 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Hi Christine, thanks for choosing Poesia for your Christmas dinner.
We will be offering the regular menu, with the option to choose a typical Christmas dinner menu from Calabria.


Donald Francisco Casanova Mansir November 26, 2010 at 2:08 am

Absolutely the best Italian, authentic Italian, cooking in the Bay Area. I dare not recommend anything in particular; the entire menu is five-star. Francesco and the staff are welcoming, knowledgeable and make you feel as if you are in their home. Where else would I have Italian cooking outside of Italy?!


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