Saturday, October 06, 2007

Chiaroscuro & Rex Cafe

We recently tried a couple of SF restaurants that I reviewed for
Last night, we visited a hot new Italian restaurant in the financial district in SF called Chiaroscuro. The Executive Chef there is Allessandro Campitelli, and he has created a menu that is innovative and features some wonderful regional dishes. This guy really knows what he's doing, and everything he does is made with care and attention to detail. The meat, the poultry, the pasta dishes -- the focus is traditional Roman cuisine based on his family recipes. I heartily recommend the Triloga, which is a tasting of three of the restaurant's signature pastas -- magnifico!
Chiaroscuro is located at 550 Washington Street in San Francisco. Check out their web site at:

At Polk and Green, there's a place called Rex Cafe (pictured above) that we just adore! It used to be called Casablanca, but it's been called the Rex Cafe for about 12 years now. They have awesome Bloody Mary's, four different types of Eggs Benedict, and a wide array of great specials that change periodically. Executive Chef John Pauley creates fun dishes that are always fresh, contemporary and loaded with interesting flavors. The selections are categorized from heavier entrees, al the way to lighter, fresher things. They also have smaller plates, like a beet carpaccio and an Asian-inspired tuna tartare, and really unusual stuff like a catfish corndog and a Southern-fried poussin with waffles. They have a great outdoor area where you can dine outside when the weather permits. Rex Cafe is a prefect place to enjoy good food, relax and people watch.
Rex Cafe is ay 2323 Polk Street (at Green) in San Francisco.

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