Umbria-born Alberto Avalle’s 54 Mint in downtown San Francisco is a great place to enjoy ample portions of seasonal hand-made pastas such as Pappardelle, Fettuccine, and Gnocchi. The cuisine comes with that quintessentially Italian sense of restraint that allows just a few well-chosen ingredients to really shine. The service here is also genuinely convivial and professional in that inimitable Italian manner.
Choose from the ever-changing list of primi piatti including the superlative Sicilian rice cakes w/ black squid, and Parmesan shavings served w/ 20-year-old Balsamic. Dishes here are beautifully complemented by a fine list of well-priced Italian wines, all of which are also exclusive to the restaurant.