Ala Romana

Ala Romana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alaromana.com/
  • Phone: 4152923699x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner nightly at 5:30pm

    Closed Mondays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Fusion / Eclectic, Peruvian
  • Executive Chef: Lorenzo Logoreci
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Taylor Street
  • Public Transit: Cable Car Stop at Jackson & Taylor
    1 California stop at Sacramento & Taylor
    10 Pacific stop at Pacific & Taylor
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ala Romana
Ala Romana offers housemade pasta and pizza with a selection of small plate appetizers and a few main courses in a modern, neighborhood setting on Nob Hill. We also feature Nob Hill's only Happy Hour Tue-Sat 5:30-7pm with $1 oysters and $5/glass sparkling, white and red house wines!
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Ala Romana reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food3.9
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)fit for foodies (20)romantic (15)special occasion (11)good for groups (9)notable wine list (8)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (3)hot spot (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • disappointed
    cookingharold
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Yelp rating is 4 stars. However, this experience was not close. Minimal standards for satisfactory food were missed - ravioli was dry, creme brulee was also not smooth, having the texture of ricotta. It was a Sunday night, so maybe the main chef was absent?
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  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant!
    SKY1045VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The new Alla Romana has a great new chef and a great vibe. It is a lovely neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great SF gem!
    MK1979
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Absolutely loved this place!! A bit on the pricier side but I think all San Francisco restaurants are pricey nowadays. Food was great, ingredients were super fresh and the atmosphere was nice and cozy. The owner is always around visiting the tables and chatting to his clients which is something I value a lot. I would definitely recommend this spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I have to admit, we picked Ala Romana because we were having dinner with friends staying at the Fairmont who wanted Italian…Ala Romana was in walking distance, had god reviews and an available reservation. But we are very glad that course of events took us here! The food was very good (definitely get the pepper appetizers) as was the dessert (mouse to die for!) and the service was amazing including (I think) the owner coming up to us at the end of our dinner. Would definitely recommend and would definitely go again!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise is too much
    Nelson
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We find ourselves irritated here and there because of the noise.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Close to Fairmont Hotel, easy walking distance, friendly staff, good casual dinner place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Italian?
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Loved the ceviche and arancini and pizza, not so much the oysters (tiny) and the pastas (tasteless). Also loved the space and, most importantly, the great waiter and owner. So warm and personable. All they need now is someone who can cook Italian food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dove sono gli italiani?
    DanteVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    French waiter, Peruvian cook, where are the Italians? We were looking forward to an Italian trattoria experience and were disappointed. The food was hit and miss, not great. The service was very good and attentive. I must confess that we are not big fans of the line up of two tops with a mirror in back on the wall so you can see what else is going on in the restaurant and you are sitting elbow to elbow with other diners. Oysters were good, prosciutto & burrata needed more crostini. Spiit a caesar, under dressed romaine leaves were poor. Spit the tortellini with tallegio pasta dish - underwhelming as well. Too many other good Italian restaurants in SF. Pass on this one.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Warm and Cozy
    butch
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    A group of us had a lovely evening here. We were celebrating an engagement, so we wanted to feel a little special. The atmosphere is charming (even though noisier than we would have liked for conversation). They accommodated our adding a 7th person to our table, and nicely presented a bottle of champagne sent by someone not attending. The service was perfect, attentive and friendly. The food was very good. We liked the small interesting menu. We ordered a very good wine. Parking is a little challenging.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • quality control
    foodleVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    the waitstaff were very professional and friendly, we just had some problems w the food. the short ribs were very beautifuly presented, but exceptionally dry. the pasta's were both cold when they got to us, and the affogato was almost totally melted when it arrived as well (you'd think they would have tried to get a new scoop of ice cream, instead of serving us a cup of cream). pretty disappointing. we also really wanted to try the artichoke and the uni pasta, but i guess those items dropped off the menu. I think the owner should maybe focus on what's going on in the kitchen more instead of swanning around the restaurant w his friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A new go-to neighborhood gem
    SFGEVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    At last, a go to neighborhood restaurant on Nob Hill. This was our first visit after trying a few times to get in during their opening buzz. We had an early dinner (happy hour 5:00-7:00). Virtually everyone on the staff was accommodating and enjoyable, from the door to the table and throughout the meal. The summer salad with peaches was one of the best I have had, extremely fresh greens, dressing not too heavy nor light. The ceviche with peppers was similarly fresh and outstanding (and a deal at happy hour- $6). My house made pasta with bolognese was revelation and my wife's mussels with ham were perfect. Dessert was wonderful. The wine list is well chosen and well priced. A wonderful addition to the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in San Francisco
    SLCTraveler
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This great little neighborhood restaurant was a real gem! Came with a small group from work and enjoyed all aspects of our meal. The general manager, Michael, visited our table from his private gathering. Visit this place. You won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Bob56
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Walking distance from Fairmont. Missed first night due to delayed flight (thanks, Southwest), and they called back to see if we could make it later that evening. Went next night and was rewarded with homemade pasta (delicious), attentive but not overbearing service, and outstanding food and wine. Small neighborhood place but not overly crowded on a Saturday night. Would definitely recommend and will come back on next trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Shannon
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This restaurant was a block from our vacation rental and recommended by the renter. We had a lovely meal and the atmosphere was very romantic. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Service, Unique Menu
    FunSummerBrunch
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went to Ala Romana expecting traditional Italian brunch, but what we got was a creative summer brunch. Alexander was an awesome host. The sangria was...strong....and delicious. I would highly recommend going to Ala Romana (and ask for Alexander!).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely evening...
    Chinois
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Service was super friendly and accommodating. Wonderful dinner experience we had there last Friday night. It was my friend Steve's birthday. Your staff made us feel special and provided us with warm and professional service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A neighborhood Gem
    MItravelerVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Tired of average food with high prices at all of the typical tourist spots, we were looking for a restaurant with good food and reasonable prices. Ala Romana delivered in all respects. Very good food, attentive service, friendly staff and a nice ambiance. Go there - you can't miss!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday brunch
    celebrationVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The brunch menu is fabulous; hard to choose just one. Generous amount of proscuitto on the eggs benedict. I ordered a prosecco that turned out to be too sweet for me, so the waiter didn't charge for it and brought me a different champagne. The waiter was friendly and didn't make us feel rushed. Beignets were a bit overdone and could have used more of the homemade nutella.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    DrHollyCD
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My friends and I had Sunday brunch at this neighborhood gem and the food was delicious. The service was outstanding also. Thank you for a wonderful meal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waiter in slow motion
    CCJCVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We loved Ala Romano…the food was delicious, the restaurant had a nice feel & the service was saved by the manager & other wait staff as our actual waiter was in slow motion all night...he missed the beat on everything & thankfully the other staff jumped in. Our waiter spent the majority of the night standing at the bar working on customers bills instead of paying attention to the diners he was supposed to be serving. Thanks to the others though for saving the night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michelin rated service
    MoflickaVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Service was as good as a Michelin rated restaurant. Restaurant was busy on a Saturday night but we were taken care of like we were the only diners in the restaurant. We came for the happy hour pricing and it's a really good deal, they have $1 oysters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Value Happy Hour
    SF2DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    You can be very happy from 5:30-7:00 with the specially priced drinks and appetizers. We repeated orders of arancini, sliders, and the mushroom risotto because the first orders were so delicious they made us regret sharing with each other. The $1 oysters drew mixed reviews so we would recommend ordering a few to sample instead of committing to a dozen immediately.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    TonyVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Just had another great meal at Ala Romana. The cuisine is innovative and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 40 reviews are from the Ala Romana reviews archive.
  • Cozy neighborhood place
    din4two
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    It saddens me to feel that with just some very simple changes this could have been a great experience. 1. no candles on our table (some others had them??) 2. only three beer choices on menu but were out of one we wanted 3. portions are too small...had two courses and left hungry (all 6 of us)....wish the waiter had suggested ordering more...actually, any input from the (less than friendly) waiter would have been nice. 4. We were one of two tables but weren't greeted or served bread (had to ask for butter) for more than 15 minutes. The food was very good which is why it is a shame that the little things kept this from being a really fun experience. All in all, I DO recommend giving this place a try. It just needs a little polish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nicely maturing bistro
    NobHillery
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We dined here once shortly after they opened, and were a tad disappointed. On a return visit, it has matured nicely. The homemade pastas are superb, the salads excellent, and the short ribs succulent and well flavored. The wine list has some moderately priced bottles (could use a few more) and a nice selection. The servers are genial, if a bit disorganized. It's a small room and consequently quite noisy, but we'd definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice surprise
    msquareVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This is the first time dining here and was expecting more of the traditional Italian menu options. There were many other great choices and it was nice to see that they were quite interesting as well. Our table had fish, spareribs and pasta. Everything was great. Appetizers are a little hard to share for more than 2 unless you get a few of them. It was a nice wine list too, not to overwhelming. Seems to have a neighborhood vibe and since it has little parking, taxi or cable car would be the best option if you don't live in the area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FrancisVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My wife & I went there for dinner this past Saturday and came away impressed. Recommend the Artichoke, Pappardelle Bolognese, & Short Ribs Alla Piemontese. The service was good, ambiance nice, and just an excellent value overall.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Date Night Spot
    SFgal
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I've been here twice--once with a group on a business dinner and once on a date night with my husband. I was impressed both times with both the food and service at this charming Italian eatery. When we arrived, we were immediately greeted and welcomed at our table. The service was attentive; my chair was pulled out for me and napkin placed on my lap. The candlelit ambiance is nice and the food and wine was great. Would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to the neighborhood
    GoodFoodAndOpenTableFanVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We recently had dinner here and were quite pleased. Each of us enjoyed our appetizers (artichokes and arancini), entrees (short ribs, pizza and pasta) and the wine recommended by our waiter was excellent. And, lest I forget, the shared chocolate cake dessert was very tasty. The ambiance is comfortable with a touch of coziness. The prices were reasonable considering the quality of the food. It is a great addition to the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food!
    KR42VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This place is awesome! I can't say enough about the food. Fresh, house-made pasta was cooked perfectly. The short rib was rich and delicious and just fell apart it was so tender. We also had the flat iron steak which was cooked on a charcoal grill, loved it! Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    TinyDining
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I thought the food was overall great. I went here for the first time a few weeks back with a friend who just moved to the city, and then again when two of my friends visited I had to go back. Two of our three dishes really nailed it; the short ribs were incredible while my risotto was bland. Our waiter was attentive and friendly. I will definitely be back with more friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They are innovative, open
    Naplesx2
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    They are innovative, open to any and all suggestions and are masters of knowing how to make their guests feel comfortable. Food and service are wonderful, and you are almost always sent a special treat from the Chef, who continues to change, add, and surprise with his lovely menu. They are a perfect fit for our beautiful neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So good, I return every Friday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    So good, I return every Friday for dinner with my mother and relatives.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eat, drink & chat up with friends!
    ndandrea
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    In picking Ala Romana we were looking for great food, wine and a social environment that was not too loud so my friends and I could catch up!! This hit them all. The gnocchi melts in your mouth, the homemade chili oil was just the right level of spice and the service was knowledgable and friendly!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nothing like allegro romano
    foodtourist
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Allegro Romano is one of my favorite restaurants in SFO. But I have avoided coming there due to difficulty of parking and getting a reservation. Parking at Ala Romano is far more difficult than at Allegro Romano, and the food is pretty awful. The pasta was too salty and the pork chop very ordinary. The staff friendliness and professionalism was incredible. But given the many better choices for Italian in SFO and the fact that parking is downright annoying, I don't think this restaurant will pull through. I will go back to Allegro Romano, but only if I don't have to drive.
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  • Skip!
    PennyVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I can't blame the place for being in such a hard-to-park neighborhood, but it would've been nice if they had valet because it took us forty minutes to find a spot several blocks away. There were several missteps by the servers, and it was weird that so many different ones came to our table. I considered it a sign of disorganization. But it wasn't just that. There was forgotten food orders, someone who listened to me ask a question and mumbled something and walked away, one who ran into my elbow as she tried to walk past, and an overall careless tone. I could've forgiven all of the above if the food was tasty, but it was mediocre. I don't know how they managed to mess up polenta but they did. I would skip this restaurant.
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  • A neighborhood gem! Ala Romana
    Anonymiss
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    A neighborhood gem! Ala Romana is the kind of restaurant that makes me fall in love all over again with dining experiences in San Francisco. While it is hard to find a bad meal in San Francisco (uless you're a tourist in North Beach!) Ala Romana is a reminder that some of the greatest meals don't need to cost a fortune or feel pretentious. The neighborhood charm and friendly service were only surpassed by the comforting, well prepared food. Excellent pastas, pizza and meats. Welcome to the neighborhood Ala Romana!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty casual
    reinaVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    There were 4 of us on a rainy Sunday evening around 8 and the restaurant was not busy so the noise level was low. I say this because I'm sure when it is full it must be pretty noisy as other people have mentioned. All the dishes we had were delicious (puntarelle salad, artichokes, lamb chops, ribolllita, squid pasta, panna cotta) I didn't try my friend;s Margartia pizza. The wine list is pretty standard fare and not very impressive. It's decent, but if you are a wine person you won't be impressed especially living where we do and the sophistication of many restaurant's wine lists in the bay area. On the other hand, you get a very generous pour for a decent price. It's a great neighborhood place, especially if you don't have to find parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    Sullydoc
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I hosted a special event for 16 and everyone raved about the food and service. Chris, the head waiter, called me the day before and we worked on a special 6 course menu that was then printed for everyone, wonderful choices, family style until the main course. Wow! He even arranged to park my wife's car as she arrived in the rain at a neighbor's home. What a night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LucyVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    We all thought our food was ok. Not great. But the biggest issue was the acoustics. So loud! They would do well to put curtains or some fabric somewhere to absorb some of the noise.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic