Do you have that favorite restaurant that’s out of town? You know, the one where you make a reservation weeks before you go because you’ve been craving it since you were last there?! We actually have a list of faves…pretty much anywhere and everywhere! And in San Francisco we’ve got tons! Way too many to choose! Can you blame us? That amazing city is full of hidden gems! One of ours was Rose Pistola! Sadly, just around the time of this post, they closed their doors after 20+ years. When we are in that wonderful city, (which is pretty much every Fall) we have had a tradition of taking our nieces and nephews who live in the area, out to dinner. Most of them were there for college and what college student would pass up a delicious meal at an amazing restaurant! Way better than dorm food or a meal plan!! Our choice every year was Rose Pistola! They all loved it, and we couldn’t wait! We’d give them a heads up on the date and we’re always thrilled when they are be able to join us!
One of our favorite dishes that at least one of the 10 of us would order was always the Grilled Sea Bass (Branzino) with Lemons and White Beans. My personal addition is the artichokes, and those flavors combined are delicious! The flakiness of the sea bass takes on the light flavor of the grilled lemons…with the earthiness of the artichokes and beans…forget it! Indescribable! A full meal on one platter! At Rose Pistola, they’d use a whole fish. The waiter would bring the platter of goodness to the table for all to admire! After the oohs and ahhs, it’s brought back to the kitchen for deboning! You can bet the waiting is tough, but oh so worth it! The fillets are used here for the impatient ones at home…and easier too!
We had some Gr8 memories at that little gem of a place! We will surely miss it. I’m so happy I have the cookbook to cling to!
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Recipe adapted from The Rose Pistola Cookbook.