Che Fico Alimentari
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Great food, horrendous service.
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Came here to catch up with a girl friend I hadn't seen in a while. We heard great things and of course were excited that it's a more affordable version of Che Fico (and easier to get a reservation). It may have been an "off" night for the restaurant, but we only really enjoyed two of the five dishes we got. The others were either bland or over-salted. Additionally, the server we had brought down the experience. He didn't come over and check up on us or ask how the food was during our entire meal. My cocktail was empty nearly the whole time and he didn't ask if I wanted another. We requested the wine list and he never brought it over. He came and said that our "rigatoni was on the way" when we never ordered the rigatoni. He replied that it was another table who ordered it... Then he brought the check out without asking if we wanted to see a dessert menu. Disappointing overall but would still come back to give it another try — as mentioned it may have been an "off" night. <3
Che Fico Alimentari was a fantastic experience. An incredible selection of salumi and cheese to start as well as an excellent antipasti options. We had the spaghetti alla Napoletana as well as the cacio e pepe - both the best versions of the dishes I have ever had. Do not miss the suckling pig secondi - absolutely delicious with the super crispy and garlicky potatoes. Do not skip dessert either as the profiterole with table side chocolate sauce was a high light. Great wine options, fun atmosphere, and friendly service as well- will definitely be back.
Great Spritzer, but that was the best part of our meal. Food was mediocre. This was not my first, or second time, but my third to Che Fico and Che Fico Alimentari, as I was thinking that I must have been on an off night as there is such a hype...but I'd rather eat at La Ciccia on 30th Street over this any day!
We got the spaghetti dish, focaccia with mascarpone/olive oil, the buffalo mozzarella with speck, and the suckling pig. The spaghetti dish was a bit salty; focaccia and mozzarella/speck were just okay. Suckling pig was nice, crisp pig skin highlighted the dish. Service was excellent. For dessert, we got the blueberry crostata, which was nice, but not memorable.
New spot from the Che Fico team seems like a premature launch. Dishes all sounded great on paper but arrived overdone and over-salted. Perhaps someone from upstairs can come down to help with execution but Alimentari is a completely different dining experience than Che Fico.
Great place, but the food was salty.
It was one of the worst meals my husband and I have ever had. The artichokes, Gem salad and fava beans were nothing special and very salty. I even had to send the salad back for being so salty. The only good dish was the swordfish. We live in San Francisco where most restaurants are fantastic. This was vet disappointing! We will never go back.
Highly anticipated eating here at Che Fico Alimentari. Somewhat unhappy by the experience though.
I adore Italian food for it’s simplistic approach to making ingredients sing in a dish.
My companion W and I shared everything and we concurred that two items were too salty which upset what could have been a perfect meal.
We started off with an appretivo of calamari with fresh sauteed peas and pea shoots. What a delight! Spring on a plate and lovely preparation with the vibrant color and citrus notes. Next we had for our primi the rigatoni amatriciana (pasta with guanciale, pecorino and a tomato sauce). The pasta was perfectly al dente. First bite, I thought this dish had a robust flavor. Since I had 1/2 the serving, I was enjoying my pasta slowly. As time passed, I noted that the salt level was affecting me. Generally, I do not salt items and avoid salty foods so my sensitivity to this dish was high.
The secondi we chose was the short rib dish with polenta and jus as well as what looked like quickly sauteed celery tops. The meat was so tender that my fork could cut through without much effort. I loved the celery side as it helped to lighten the dish. The polenta was horrendous, very salty with the texture of plaster - heavy. This ruined the dish for me as I know a light polenta can be delightful.
To finish off the meal, we shared the profiteroles which were delicious. House hazelnut gelato scoop placed atop a pastry puff that had it’s “hat” removed. Added to this liquid dark chocolate poured by the server over the puffs from a tiny milk bottle.
The service was efficient if a bit grim. The server never smiled and seemed to wish herself elsewhere.
The ambiance was reminiscent of a wine cave, dark & close quarters.
What was extremely bad is the acoustics of the space. I had to raise my voice (for me almost yelling) to carry on a conversation with W. The acoustics were bothersome after the restaurant became packed giving me a headache. Stellar otherwise.
Some of the food was good : pasta , starters
Main course wasn’t great ,service was a bit pushy, it’s a good Italian, not more then that.
Will not go back. Waited 40 mins to order when I was seated earlier than people around me and they have gotten 2 dishes before my order was taken. Then I was told my order tickets were lost. They tried to make it up by giving us free dishes, but by that time we just wanted to leave. So disappointed. The waiter needs more training. When we asked the waiter what happened he said he had no idea. Is this acceptable?
Don't skip the salumi or the focaccia - the best things we ate while we were there. Unfortunately, everything took an eternity to come out after the salumi and bread. (At least 45 minutes between courses.) The table next to us had the same experience. It may be due to our late reservation, but my expectation is that if they're electing to provide seating at a certain hour, they should be prepared to provide the same level of experience as an earlier reservation. Our pasta was also a little ~too~ al dente– like there's al dente, and then there's just plain undercooked. Flavors were great though. Hoping our experience will be better if we go back. I know they're still in their infancy, so I'm sure there are still things they may be working through.
Had a wonderful evening @ Che Fico, service was great & the food fabulous!
Amazing food. Still working out the kinks of service though. Waiter was super nice but everything was late. 20 mins late to seat us for a reservation, 30 mins to get drinks, 45 mins til we got our food. Will come back though - again, the food is worth it and I’m sure they will work out the logistics so things go smoother after they’ve been open for a while!!
Food was awesome.
As others have mentioned, I find it bit odd they say “we’d like you to order all at once & let kitchen decide when it comes out. THEY’D appreciate that”
We’re not there for them!
We’re spending our money, good money, they should be more accommodating.
Feels like they’re trying to turnover the tables.
That’s my only missive.
Otherwise, everything was great!!
Terrible service, mediocre food
The place is a fun but loud. The table are too closed to others, lack of personal space. The service is very attentive and friendly. The wines are good. The food is alright. The prawn one was amazing, but one of the pasta I ordered was a bit salty.
Great date night spot. Fun ambiance with good music, great service, delicious food, and amazing wine...all at a very reasonable price. Looking forward to going back soon.
Good selection of local in season produce handled well but not overdone
A hot mess.
Where do I begin?
Il Duce “hostess” was weird about seating at counter not being open but other host said it was open. I had a rez.
Waitress flustered, unkempt, not clean, insisted all items be ordered at one time "so we can plate them properly" , then brought one dish over an hour later as an afterthought. We boxed for home.
Mixed green salad piled into bowl w lemon juice, mounds/clumps of chives & fennel, no discernible evoo.
Lots of "Doors" & Hendrix at full volume.
Really mean, snarky person in black uniform brought pasta with a sarcastic comment.
Nice chef in kitchen behind counter w plaid shirt.
I miss real Italian hospitality.
Old North Beach haunts.
Bryn and her team and the food were phenomenal. You need to go!
After failing to get a reservation upstairs, I was excited to try dinner at Che Fico's downstairs wine bar space. I'm not sure if this was due to it being their first week, but it fell far short of Che Fico's reputation for inventive food and precise service. Alimentari shares none of that based on my experience Friday, with slow apathetic service and bizzare dishes that are frankly sloppily presented
We had some salumi, toasted ciabatta (served as one enormous slice despite there being two of us and $5), Misticanza (inedibly salty, sauteed vegetables described as a "salad"), Calamari (quite tasty actually) and Maialino al Forno (four enormous, thick slices of fried pork served on potatoes, should have been sliced far thinner).
I'm sure that we could have made better choices had we gotten more direction from our server, but we hardly saw her in the 2 hours it took to get everything and get through our meal. A far cry from the tales of fantastic service upstairs from friends who have been upstairs.
I'd recommend staying away from Che Fico Alimentari until they get their act together. It was an unpleasant, overpriced experience that left a nasty taste in our mouths and made it unlikely that we'll ever try the main restaurant.
It was delicious and authentic.Classic recipes prepared perfectly.A classic rarely seen, like the Sicilian Swordfish was exquisitely prepared with just enough of the complex flavors without being heavy. The focaccia served with marscapone butter was a lovely decadent indulgence in the day of low cholesterol.The memory of our dinner and writing about it is making me salivate!
Chef Fico Alimentari is the newest addiction to the NOPA district and is located right under their sister restaurant. I was lucky to snag a 6:30 reservation on a Thursday night. With so many things on the menu, it was so hard to choose what I wanted. The waitress guided us through the menu, and was really knowledgeable about each item.
To start, we had the focaccia with Whipped Mascarpone and Ligurian Olive Oil. The freshly baked bread was one of my favorites of the night, and paired with the masarpone, it was love at first bite. This restaurant also doubles as a market so you can buy the bread and other items to eat at home.
The special of the day was the Burrata with prosciutto. You really can't go wrong with these two pairings. The portion of burrata was huge and we could not finish it all. With many other unique things on the menu, I would probably pass on this classic dish next time.
For our antipasti, we ordered the daily bruschetta topped with ricotta, english peas, and mint. Again, pasty chef Angela Pinkerton's bread was the most bomb. Each bite of the peas and mint were refreshing and the walnuts gave it the perfect crunch.
Our first pasta dish was the Bucatini Cacio e Pepe - pecorino romano and black pepper. From Cherylynn N.'s review, she mentioned that this dish was salty, and she was right. After the first bite, I could already feel my mouth tingling from the salt. Pecorino romano is typically a salty cheese, but I have had cacio e pepe in many other restaurants, and it was never as salty tasting as this. I do have to say that the pasta was perfectly al dente.
Our second pasta was the star route farms Spinach Lasagna with double 8 dairy ricottaa and marinara. I have to say that I'm loving the locally sourced produce as ingredients. This dish was not salty and cooked perfectly. The crunchy cheese atop all the yummy layers was delicious.
By now, I was almost full from allll the carbz. But ya boi needs protein for the gains. For our main, we order
Amazing food and intimate ambiance. Pasta is out of this world. Features extensive and unique wine list. Desert is not to be missed.
Improvement on the original. More intimate, better noise level with so you can have conversations without needing a bullhorn. Food was amazing. Still craving the sauce on the rigatoni. Sooo good. Service was very attentive. Morgan was great. Impressive for their only their 2nd being open. Definitely a must eat destination. Regularly.