San Francisco's Farina is an airy, light filled space in a prime part of the Mission - just around the corner from Tartine, and a couple of blocks from Dolores Park. It's an elegant restaurant for the neighborhood, but still has a very local charm - NorCal meets Northern Italy. We love their wine list and they have great starters, but we keep going back for their pastas. The menu changes regularly, but it's always a good day when their incredible Mandilli di seta al pesto Ligure di mandorle is available. The Mandilli is a handmade handkerchief pasta, covered in a generous green coating of basil and almond pesto - one of us is not a fan of pinenuts, used in most pesto we see in the U.S., and was completely won over by this dish. We would also highly recommend Farina's Pasta ripiena alla norma. Another handmade pasta, this dish is similar to a ravioli, filled with a delicious eggplant mousse, covered in a tomato-basil sauce, and topped with shaved ricotta salata.
|Mandilli di seta al pesto Ligure di mandorle|
|Pasta ripiena alla norma|
You can learn more about the restaurant here.