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Posted by Sally on 09/04/2010
Farina is a testament to why so many restaurants do well. Farina serves avg Italian food, smelly fish, pasta, desert and surprisingly awful coffee with amateurish service to folks that don't know any better...and there seems to be a lot of them out there.
Posted by Heinz on 01/24/2010
We totally enjoyed everything from beginning to end. Service by Helen was fantastic and the food imaginative and tasty. Being in the business, we loved the open kitchen that really let's you see what is going on. Recommended by the Four Seasons Hotel and a winner it was! We will be back next time we are on the West Coast. Thanks for a great experience!
Posted by Jordie on 10/07/2007
What a special gem. The food was tremendous, the imported marble counters and table tops an unexpected treat, the pasta chef brought over from Genoa making fresh pasta all night long was impressive, the chairs from a European train car added to the authenticity. San Franciso is one hell of a food town and as a native I should know, but Farina is a real stand-out. Why? Because it has soul. Only three and a half months old and you'd never know it, it feels rich with character. Can't stop thinking about how much we enjoyed it.
Posted by RL on 08/19/2007
this is what SF needs, excelent food, excelent atmosphere in a architectural correct place. Love the pasta, outstanding meats, excelent wine! Thanks for doing such an outstanding job
Posted by True Genovese on 08/19/2007
Being born in Genova, I wanted to try this place. It was great. The food was outstanding and so was the service. We were seated upstairs ( on a Saturday night) and we felt like we were the only people that mattered with all the attention and prompt service we received.If there's a complaint, it would be the background music. Somehow the Latin music was, I almost want to say, annoying. I'm sure there's plenty of Italian music that could be played and I just don't mean "O Sole Mio" and the like. There's plenty of modern Italian music out there. But this was a minnor thing. For those who complained that the portions were too small, they need to know that portions in restaurants in Italy are generelly on the small size, since you just don't order one thing, but a series of courses. For too long Italian restaurants have been what "Americans" thought they should be: huge portion of pasta with globs of runny sauce which you don't know whether to eat or drink it and the biggest no-no of all: meat served on top of the pasta or alongside on the same dish. Not Italian. Besides, if you want a big portion at Farina, order the veal chop, it's huge.Keep up the good work, Farina, we will definetely be back. And yes, the focaccia, just like we had in Recco, buonissima!!
Posted by SFagain on 08/17/2007
Took the excuse of some out of town friends visiting to try this place out and had a simply perfect evening. Each course was even more amazing that the last. All the wines we tried from their selection were lovely, and the grappa selection was an equal match. If you are one of the few people that responded with a negative review, I highly suggest giving it another shot and enlisting the advice of the staff. The few suggestions they made at our request were great compliments to the choices we had already made. A more authentic genovese meal can not be had in San Francisco! I can't wait to go back.
Posted by Love Farina on 08/16/2007
Wow, Farina is a true Italian Restaurant -- just like being back in Italy. I totally disagree with the other reviewer who gave Farina a bad review. The foccacia is exactly like you would find in Genova, and the pasta is the best I've had in a restaurant in a long time. They even had Bonarda wine which we haven't been able to find anywhere in the states!! We had relatives bring a few bottles back with them from a recent trip to Italy because we couldn't find it anywhere; and they had it at Farina!! I'll be a regular from now on.