Sitting right by China Town in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, Pesce e Riso was a gem just waiting to be found. Chef Lin, originally a sushi chef, fell in love with Italian cuisine while training with a chef in Tuscany. Now, he meshes both Italian and Japenese cuisines together, forming Pesce e Riso, which is an “Italian restaurant with a surprising Japenese twist.” Pesce e Riso means “fish and rice” in Italian, which are the building blocks of Japanese cuisine and lend themselves beautifully to Italian cuisine.
Everything that we tried at Pesce e Riso was beautifully done. It was plated perfectly and each dish danced in our mouths with an abundance of flavor. I would say that the dishes had more of an Italian influence (which I definitely did not mind because I love Italian food), but I did get hints of Asian cuisine mixed in. The pasta dishes were absolutely divine!
The restaurant itself was quaint and cozy. It was not very crowded when we visited, so we had quite a bit of attention from the waitstaff and really enjoyed ourselves. I loved the touches of flowers and other decor pieces throughout the restaurant.
If you find yourself in the San Francisco area, I would highly recommend checking out Pesce e Riso – I would definitely go back myself! I mean, check out all of these beautiful dishes:
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