By my reckoning, nothing less than an act of God could prevent Incanto from succeeding in Noe Valley. Granted, it's not hard to make such predictions when business is already booming. All the same, I doff my cap to owner Mark Pastore: The man had no restaurant experience whatsoever when he dropped a few hundred grand into a complete revamp of the old Speckmann's, yet he hit on a formula that has succeeded time and again at places like Sociale in Laurel Heights and Union Street's Merenda. The menu keeps a tight focus, the dishes are simple but well conceived, and the service is warm and professional. Figure in the wine list, a hefty document that could probably stop a javelin, and this already solid operation becomes a cork... More >>>
A Cork Dork's Dream Come True: Incanto's "Dante
Room," an elegant hideaway and temple to oenology.