Quick, Quality Fare at Il Cane Rosso

After getting the behind the scenes tour of Acme Bread at the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero, it was time for us to get some lunch. Unfortunately, there was no room at the Slanted Door bar, so we opted to go across the hall to dine at Il Cane Rosso. Owner/Chef Lauren Kiino creates local organic market-driven plates at this Italian-inspired casual restaurant.

They are open all day offering breakfast, lunch, and a very reasonable 3-course dinner that changes frequently. During lunch they concentrate on providing excellent sandwiches and rotisserie chicken. Lunch items are ordered at the register counter where market-fresh produce are prominently displayed:

They do have a few beer and wine options available to go with their meals. Sudwerk Lager was the right drink for a warm sunny day:

The Prather Ranch slow-cooked pork sandwich was dressed with pepper agrodolce (sweet and sour sauce) and lemon aioli. The Acme Bread bun was toasted to perfect crunchiness, and the pork was very tender and delicious:

Mary’s Organic Herb Rubbed Chicken comes with a choice of side dishes available that day. We went with the Ridgecut Mill Creamy Polenta with parmesan and sage brown butter. Herbs were actually stuffed underneath the skin which made the chicken extra tasty:

As a bonus, Chef Susan Feniger was in town signing her Street cookbook that same day at Book Passage. We bought the book and look forward to trying out some of her recipes:

Chef Kiino is planning to expand and open 2 more places in SOMA next year: a restaurant named Red Dog, and a casual café called Fearless right next door. It would be great to have an option to eat some of her food in a less touristy location.


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