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Panta Rei

Though I'm not sure it's official policy, my experience at Panta Rei and Baldoria suggests that if you order enough food, dessert will be free. It's happened to me twice now, so I wasn't surprised when we asked our waiter for the dessert menu and he shook his head no, as if to say, "There's no need for that." A few minutes later, he presented us with a platter that included a thin slice of cheesecake topped with cherry-Campari sauce, a classic tiramisu with a sharp, coffee bite, a poached pear sprinkled with cinnamon, and a fruit salad sparked with tart bits of kiwi. None of the desserts was outstanding, but all were quite good, and once again, we had to appreciate the variety.

Italian Rally: If Panta Rei's stylish cafe fare can't break the hex of this supposedly cursed site, the location should probably be bulldozed.
Anthony Pidgeon
Italian Rally: If Panta Rei's stylish cafe fare can't break the hex of this supposedly cursed site, the location should probably be bulldozed.

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Panta Rei

431 Columbus
San Francisco, CA 94133

Category: Restaurant > Italian

Region: North Beach/ Chinatown

Details

Pear with Gorgonzola $6.50

Antipasto $6.95

Spinach ravioli $8.95

Tre paste $8.95

Grigliata mista $16.95

Braised rabbit $15.95

Tiramisu $4

951-0900

Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Reservations accepted for parties of 10 or more

Cash only

Wheelchair accessible

Parking: difficult

Muni: 15, 30, 41, 45

Noise level: moderate to loud

431 Columbus (at Stockton)

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