Italian. Formerly a quiet, neighborhood Italian restaurant, Amarena is now a hip spot for happy hour cocktails and small plates of Italian style tapas. Dinner at Amarena takes traditional Italian food and updates it with an edgy, Californian flair. The interior is dramatic yet warm and intimate, the service is impeccable and the extensive wine list complements the menu expertly.
White tablecloths, neutral walls lined with bottles of wine, and barely noticeable opera transform this refined row house located at the corner of Larkin and Green Streets into an intimate restaurant. An elegant menu and extensive wine list confirm Baldoria's fine-dining standing. However, a warm interior, an understanding staff (primarily handsome young Italian men) and the frequent appearance of the hospitable host (who spends most of his time patrolling the dining room and kissing regular customers on their way in and out) make each and every customer feel important.
- Excerpt from article by Charyn Pfeuffer
(Baldoria is now named Amarena)