Serving competent dishes with a quiet confidence, Perbacco is led by charismatic Owners Umberto Gibin and Chef Staffan Terje.
"Everything is very thoughtful here. You're not just going to get red sauce dumped on some pasta," Gibin explains
Owner Umberto Gibin and Chef Staffan Terje prep for dinner at Perbacco — Photo courtesy of Perbacco
Perbacco’s seasonal Northern Italian menu focuses on the refined cuisine found in the Piemonte region, with a touch of Liguria and Provence.
Perbacco, an Italian word expressing pleasure and surprise (as well as a reference to Bacchus, the god of wine), is the perfect name for a ristorante steeped in Italian culture. Located in the city's Financial District, Perbacco is a spot trusted by everyone from big-money bankers to those tourists who are looking for an authentic Italian meal.
Chef Terje has created a menu focused on the refined cuisine of Piemonte; he offers pure, ingredient-driven dishes reflecting the commitment to handcrafted food. He often visits the local farmer's markets himself to make sure he's getting the freshest locally-sourced ingredients.
Anyone who has met either Gibin or Staffan can attest to their passion for food. It's the kind of joy that simply can't be faked, and the thoughtful eater will taste that care in every meal served at Perbacco.
Bar and dining area of Perbacco — Photo courtesy of Perbacco
One of the best ways to experience the joy of eating at Perbacco is to come with a group and order the large platter of specially cured meats, or Salumni Piemontesi. These small, savory bites will prime you for a wonderful glass of wine and reveal how there are no details too small for those who prepare your meal at Perbacco.
The wine list includes an extensive selection of Italian and California wines, and the cocktail list offers some Italian classics, such as the Mezzaluna, which features Half Moon gin, strawberry, cocchi americano, mint and lemon.
What might be even more impressive than the appetizer, wine, cocktail or main course is the exquisite cheese list, the truly Italian way to top off any good meal. Try the Langhe Robiola Tre Latte, a three-milk Robiola cheese with a soft interior and bloomy rind.
If you're serious about eating well, head to Perbacco to find people who are serious about serving you fantastic food.
Perbacco restaurant in San Francisco — Photo courtesy of Perbacco