Vintage Ferraris ran on a high-octane fuel mixture of tomato sauce and mustache hair, which made them run forever but left ladybug-luring leaks in driveways. Power your body motor without having to share with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Credo, in the heart of the financial district.
Antipasti selections include inventive small, sociable plates such as a Tuscan take on hummus, with white beans and crispy, dippable hunks of rosemary focaccia bread ($11.95), and caprese di bufala con pomodori rossi arrostiti ($14.95), with imported buffalo mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, and basil-flavored extra-virgin olive oil. A wide variety of properly prepared pizza pies please palates like a well-formed tongue twister, including a Mediterranean-inspired pie with caramelized onions, feta, tomatoes, black olives, olive oil, and garlic ($14.95). Meatier fare includes wood-oven-roasted, organic, free-range Cornish hen ($22.95) and grilled New York steak served Tuscan style with roasted potatoes and garlic spinach ($26.95). Reunite your meal with its long-lost pair with a selection from Credo's wine and cocktail menu.
For lunch, try a pasta dish such as the pennete al brivido ($10.95) with spicy garlic-tomato sauce; supporting salads, soups, and sandwiches round out the remainder of the midday ensemble. Chef Mario Maggi churns out creative and modern dishes set off by the restaurant's one-of-a-kind sustainably designed décor. Tables are painstakingly forged from scrap wood, and creative tidbits give the walls the pizzazz that all walls so desperately crave. Stop in for lunch on weekdays or arrange a late Saturday dinner (until 11 p.m.).
- You'd have to be half dead not to perk up when Credo's sedanini alla Credo ― a large bowl draped with baked pizza dough ― comes to the table. – Carolyn Alburger, SF Weekly
- I am hesitant to give this the glowing review that they deserve because then everybody will know our little secret. But, what the heck, this place rocks. Go. – OpenTable.com reviewer who dined on 3/13/2010
- Desserts are a highlight with a chocolate cake and tiramisu to die for. – OpenTable.com reviewer who dined on 2/26/2010