We've finally made it from A to Z, folks! We have come full circle and land at Zero Zero for letter Z of Alphabet Dining. Michelle and I ventured here before a spooky night of Halloween fun in Soma, where we were greeted by goblins and ghouls in SF's Old Mint.
To start, we ordered the Arugula Salad, which consisted of Arugula, Asian Pears, Shaved Fennel, DuChilly Hazelnuts, Goat Cheese Vinaigrette, and Korean Chili. I know what you're thinking, and no it was not spicy. The salad was very refreshing, from the green arugula to the sweet Asian pears. The hazelnuts were a great addition, as was the shaved fennel.
I loved the presentation of the salad; A mountain of arugula, topped with a snow powdering of fennel and a light dusting of Korean Chili.
Pork + Veal Meatballs
For our antipasti, we ordered the Pork and Veal Meatballs, which came smuggled in Spicy Tomato Sauce and Fonduta Cheese, with a side of Garlic Bread. This dish was hearty and absolutely delicious. The meatballs were full of flavor but didn't make you feel too weighed down. The sauce and fonduta were great to dip the bread in. I could probably eat this every day.
The Castro Pizza
Zero Zero is renowned for it's pizzas, so naturally we had to order one and try it out. We opted for The Castro (bonus points for the pies named for SF streets), which came with Sopressata, House Made Sausage, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, and Basil.
While I generally prefer thicker, deep dish pizzas, I was grateful that Zero Zero operates under a thin crust regime. At this point we were both getting pretty full and struggling to finish off the carnivorous pizza endeavor. Good thing it was so tasty!
Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
Just as we were getting ready to call it quits and walk-off our meal before the haunted house, the waiter handed us the dessert menu. We saw Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, and the rest was history. Bananas Foster is a dessert made from bananas and vanilla ice cream, with a sauce made from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur. Combining this with the semi soft and scrumptious bread pudding was genius. To make it even better, when you get to the center it spills out like a warm lava flow of sugary delight.
Zero Zero has a unique, sophisticated menu and darling decor- perfect for a metropolitan Soma restaurant. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone in the area, be it for pizza, a salad, or even a legendary bread pudding.
I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who has been following Alphabet Dining, San Francisco! I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have. Be sure to stay tuned for my next ABC city, coming soon :)