The spaghetti western film genre is noted for its good use of extreme close-ups, its bad use of tomato sauce during gunfights, and its ugly use of Clint Eastwood’s puppetry skills. Get a fistful of western-less spaghetti with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Italian fare and drinks at Poesia in the Castro district.
Within its intimate space on the second floor of a renovated townhouse walkup, Poesia conjures a seasonally inspired dinner menu of delectable Italian entrees out of fresh ingredients and handmade pastas. Drum roll in the evening feast with an opener of raw organic filet mignon with parmigiano ($14), or lull taste buds into a dreamy bliss with the pillowy ricotta gnocchi with citrus sauce ($9). Pastas such as the fettuccine al ragu, a slow braised lamb shank with tomato sauce ($17), and a squid-ink risotto with scallops in a lobster reduction ($18) pile up skillfully cooked mountains of deliciousness, while the free-range rack of lamb ($27) and Mediterranean sea bass ($25) affably compete for a hearty appetite's affections.
Upscale and sophisticated while maintaining welcoming warmth, Poesia boasts warm gold tones, covers its tables in orange linen, and projects Fellini movies silently onto the walls. It’s an ambience tailor-made for a relaxing evening with friends or a romantic rendezvous in authentic European style without the hassle of cramming your beloved into a carry-on suitcase.
SF Weekly named Poesia Best Second-Story Restaurant in 2009 and gave it a positive review. Zagat rated its food and service very good to excellent. Open Table reviewers give it a 4.2-star average and a Diner’s Choice award. More than 250 Yelpers give it a four-star average.
- The pasta is made in-house, and might include exquisitely light and tender gnocchi, or delicate ravioli stuffed with puréed chestnuts. Try the artichoke cake, the roast chicken, and the pork tenderloin with mushrooms. Poesia feels like it's been transplanted directly from Italy. – SF Weekly
- Appropriately named Poesia, its food IS poetry. – OpenTable.com reviewer who dined on 11/15/2010