We are in San Francisco for our 40th wedding anniversary, and so we look at Open table and watch the local tv for places to eat. Vicoletto was recommend by both. The place was full and very noisy, so noisy that my wife and I couldn't even talk. There was only one waiter trying to take care of the whole place, the service was slow...what service there was. I ordered the crab linguine, and ended up with what I think might have been pork. I went a head and ate a little, and didn't complain, because I just wanted to get out of the place.
I went with a party of 8 and for most of the evening we were the only ones in the restaurant so service was not a problem. Portions are not huge so a few of us wished that there was 2 or 3 more bites on our plates. My sister got the pan roasted sea bass and it was cooked perfectly. Other dishes worth trying are the pappardelle with super tender lamb and the creamy gnocchi with sausage. One dish that was not a big hit was the ink squid pasta. Although the prawns were good, the pasta was a little on the hard side.
We had a lovely evening spent at Vicoletto. There was a group of eight women all coming to San Francisco to celebrate a 21st birthday. The restaurant was very accommodating for such a large group and the food was spectacular. $20 corkage fee is also a great steal in San Francisco.
The waiter brought out two delicious desserts to celebrate the birthday girl as well. We are glad to have stumbled upon this gem in North Beach.
I have been here about 4 or 5 times. The homemade pasta is always a delight.
We planned a day in SF and wanted to eat in North Beach. I made a reservation for Sunday. The first reservation was canceled by the restaurant late the night before. I was able to reschedule for a similar time , but when we got to the restaurant we realized it was closed and wouldn't be open that day. Not sure why. I would have appreciated a note with the cancellation saying that they were closed for whatever reason.
At first I was concerned this would be a generic Italian spot bordering on tourist trap. But once the burrata arrived as our starter - I knew this was going to be good. And then it got better. I had the pasta with crab which was pretty good (i only wish the portion was just a bit more !). My mother had the squid ink pasta. I generally never order that myself as I always wonder what you will get. But WHOA! This was the winner dish. Perfectly cooked with a generous portion of clams and shrimps and the flavor of the sea. We also arrived just before 7pm - perfect timing as the restaurant got packed within a half hour.
Love this place! Attentive, friendly service, fantastic wine list and very good food. We continue to come back for the burrata. They import it fresh from Italy, and it is unlike any other burrata I've had in the states. It's amaaaaazing! So creamy, just the right amount of salt and pepper, and a drizzle of quality olive oil. They don't serve it with bread because it doesn't need it. Even if you get nothing else, it's worth going here just for that cheese.
Highly recommend. Pasta dish was perfect: rich, yet light.
We were underwhelmed when first arriving at Vicolo, as it was quiet with only a few tourists and an empty feeling. The warmth of the host initially won us over, but then the food came and it was excellent. We will put it on our regular places to visit in North Beach.
Table dirty. Service slow. Food was just ok. We were charged an automatic 20% gratuity for a party of 5, which seemed unusual.