Mediterranean. A Russian Hill neighborhood attraction, this is a cozy, high-end Mediterranean and Californian hybrid showcases a menu of eclectic culinary creations from the mind of Executive Chef Evan Crandall. Renovations updated this neighborhood classic to give it a more modern appeal, but the service is still amazing and this Russian Hill restaurant is still full of locals.
Remember when metropolitan neighborhoods were more authentic and distinguished in presence? Businesses exhibited notable character, and homes were defined by their cultural denizens, ultimately presenting a quaint blend of commercial and residential? One knew the local shopkeeper, be it butcher, baker, or bartender. The corner store was the place to buy essentials; the owner knew your name and disclosed neighborhood gossip to any receptive ear. Gone are some of these characteristic environs, but, alas, I have found a corner restaurant that offers a charming, cozy setting and delightful cuisine. Frascati's CalItalian fare presents itself with such conviviality and panache that I would venture there just for its distinct personality.
- Excerpt from Frascati, Delectable Fare with a Regional Flair by Laurie Timms