Cotogna in San Francisco, CA
I loved this place! Cotogna offers food with some interesting dishes that are not common to most Italian restaurants. We started with non-alcoholic drinks - a gooseberry shrub and “chinotto” with wood-fired citrus, spices and juniper berries. For our main courses, two of us had an amazing tortellini with sunchokes and roasted garlic. This was wonderful. The sunchoke has such a complex flavor with interesting nutty notes. It was a perfect comfort food. Our other friend had spaghetti with a meat ragu. Excellent!
The waiter was very helpful, since one of our group didn’t eat dairy. He pointed out all the dairy-free dishes and ones that could be made without dairy. The whole staff was very friendly. It felt like a neighborhood restaurant, but the decor was very elegant. It is a big place and there is ample outdoor seating.
I would go back again and again. I want to try everything! It is in a good location - very close to City Lights bookstore and just a few blocks from Chinatown.