Monday 2 April 2012

Scala's Bistro, Powell Street, San Francisco

Images from Scala's web site
Don't be put off by the man in the tacky red beefeater costume outside the neighbouring Sir Francis Drake Hotel, Scala's Bistro is surprisingly good for a restaurant near to San Francisco's tourist epicentre of Union Square. The cavernous, atmospheric period dining room has high ceilings and can be buzzing with scores of diners. The classic Italian menu has pizzas, pasta, salads, risotto and roast meats. The orecchiette with Italian sausage is excellent and filling, but pricey at $23.  You can wash it down with a pint of the pale ale Big Daddy IPA ($7.50) or the lighter American classic Budweiser ($6). A trip to the loo involves an elaborate expedition via a lift and a couple of grand function rooms. If you are staying in the Union Square district and don't have a weak bladder, Scala's is worth a visit. 7/10