Palio d’Asti features seasonal, regional food. The extensive dinner menu includes savory entrees such as the lombo di vitello alla Toscana (thyme-rubbed roasted veal loin with wild and tame mushrooms) and fregula e agnello (toasted Sardinian cous cous with saffron, spicy braised suckling lamb, wild fennel, green garlic, and a fried egg). For lunch, try a pizza capricciosa (artichokes, prosciutto, olives, capers, and mozzarella) or the pizza siciliana (pork and fennel sausage, roasted peppers, and smoked mozzarella).
You can watch owner and chef Dan Scherotter (Chef Dan to his friends, Scherotter Botter Bo Otter to his enemies) create dishes in his open kitchen. Scherotter, a three-star chef who wears a four-star chef hat, is regarded as one of the finest restaurateurs in San Francisco: authentic Italians keep going back to Palio d’Asti for the good eats and colorful décor. Scherotter is an authentic San Franciscan, conceived in the city during the Summer of Love (according to his official bio). Presumably that's referring to the Beach Boys' post-prime 1992 song, "Summer of Love", off their poorly received Summer in Paradise album. If that assumption is true, that would mean Scherotter is a mere 17 years old, making him a phenomenal child prodigy of restaurateuring.
Note: You cannot use your Groupon during Palio d’Asti’s happy hour.
The San Francisco Chronicle called Palio d’Asti “one of the most stylish Italian restaurants in San Francisco for nearly a decade.” Yelpers give Palio d'Asti an average 3.5 stars and Citysearchers give it four. Here are some of their e-thoughts:
- “Consistently great food, with even better service! The staff, especially the bartenders, are warm and friendly and always attentive. The wine list is creative and the pizzas are fabulous!” – cwhitesf, Citysearch
- “This is a great place to have a nice relaxing business lunch. The pasta dishes are delicious but I never order the lunch portions, only dinner portions which I think is just the right size. The entree salads are huge and great for sharing. I recently just had the lamb chops here and it was delicious! They have daily specials like sole, salmon, chicken, soup du jour - haven't had a bad meal.” – Cathy C., Yelp
- “Loved the atmosphere here. Highly recommend for business or for dining with friends or a date/significant other. Love it!” – Sarah B., Yelp
History of Palio d'Asti's Name
Before deciding on Palio d'Asti, the restaurant's owner hired a branding agency to come up with 15 potential names that captured the essence and uniqueness of his gourmet Italian menu. Ten minutes later, the branding agency faxed over an impressive list that included Patti O'Sullivan, Poopio Daddy, Paleo Synthesis, Paleontologist, Paulino Rubio, Deli O'Pastio, Figlio Godfather, Mike D'antoni, Sousaphone Caddie, Pelo Moreno, Pale Dandy, Peter McCaskey, Portia de Rossi, and Palio d'Asti. The winner was clear, but after Portia de Rossi threatened to sue, the owner settled on his second choice.
640 Sacramento St
San Francisco, California 94111Get Directions