The best way to familiarize oneself with a different country's culture is to spend 10 to 15 years in one of its maximum-security prisons, but the second-best way is to taste its cuisine. Learn about international eats with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mediterranean cuisine at Food Inc. Trattoria in Pacific Heights.
With tile floors and wood accents reminiscent of an Old World trattoria, Food Inc. delights palates with a sumptuous selection of Mediterranean pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches, all of which are made from scratch. The restaurant's nimble-handed kitchen collaborators top salad niçoise with albacore tuna and cornichons ($7.55), and smother blank pizza crusts with salami, fresh tomatoes, and cheese to proteinize a power lunch ($7.25). A legion of sandwiches stand at attention, led by the Neo BLT, served on focaccia with roasted-pepper mayo ($6.75), and the pear and brie sandwich, topped with melted double-cream brie atop toasted wheat walnut bread ($6.55). The accommodating staff will cheerfully explain the differences between penne and ziti and demonstrate which noodles can be interlocked into better action figures while you dig forks into chicken ravioli in gorgonzola sauce ($9.95) or the tomato-basil-dressed gnocchi ($9.25). A selection of over 16 fine wines served by the bottle, glass and half glass grace their ever-evolving wine list and and pair pleasantly with any meal, except breakfast, which is really more of a bourbon meal.
Food Inc. Trattoria
Food Inc. Trattoria seeks its inspiration from near and far. Beginning with as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, the eatery's chefs prepare seasonally rotating selections of pan-Mediterranean bistro cuisine.
- Organic: A toasted baguette cradles organic mixed greens, spicy lamb sausage, and roasted-pepper aioli.
- Seasonal: Whenever they are available, fresh figs appear in a salad of mixed greens with sweet Italian gorgonzola and walnuts.
- Vegan: Creamy hummus and avocado, crisp cucumbers, asparagus, and tomato are sandwiched between slices of seeded whole-wheat bread, creating a vegan-friendly dish.
- Homemade: Chefs hand make each piece of ricotta gnocchi before cooking the dumplings and adding prosciutto, peas, and cream sauce.
The Wine Cellar
Rather than stick with just the basics, Food Inc. Trattoria's wine buyer hopes to introduce diners to lesser known varietals and winemaking regions. Greek moschofilero, French picpoul de pinet, and a rosé of Californian carignan represent a few choices from the everchanging list. The staff eagerly recommends bottles to share with a group of friends or newly discovered spirit animals.