Chef Mark Pensa and Sommelier Gianpaolo Paterlini of Acquerello - San Francisco, CA

1722 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 567-5432
Hours: Tue-Sat 5:30pm-9:30pm

Chef Suzette Gresham-Tognetti and Co-owner Giancarlo Paterlini have run Polk Gulch’s Acquerello like a well-oiled machine for more then two decades, making it a classic in the San Francisco dining scene. But with the fresh vision of Chef de Cuisine Mark Pensa and the talents of Sommelier Gianpaolo Paterlini (son of Giancarlo), the family-operated restaurant is just as impressive today as in its past. The restaurant’s elegant yet intimate 40-seat dining room makes way for Pensa’s subtly innovative Italian cuisine, packed full of modernist plays on Californian, French, and Spanish flavors. The wine list, managed by Gianpaolo, includes a wide range of Italian varietals and the expert sommeliers deftly pour refined pairings. The combination of these talents, along with stellar service and a romantic dining room, keeps Acquerello among the city’s best meals.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Cuttlefish "Tagliatelle," Capers, Lobster, and Agretti
  • Smoked Lamb Loin, Salsify "Pappardelle," Sunchokes, and Lamb's Quarters

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