Headed into town with friends we were invited to join them at The Ferry Building.  As we approached, we stifled an inward groan.  From outward appearances, we were expecting another corporate infused feeding trough, where the most exotic thing to be found would be a Pizzeria Uno or Boston Market- similar to South Street Seaport in NYC or Faneuil Hall in Boston.

Well, we were WRONG! The Ferry Building is a magnificent piece of localvore culture, brimming with excellent shops and eateries.  We overate, but it was all worth it and one of the excellent stops was Il Cane Rosso.

Il Cane Rosso is a casual, rotisserie and sandwich shop fronted by beautiful antipasti and headed by a rustic menu.  Kudos to Chefs Lauren Kiino and Daniel Patterson- who have created the perfect “mall” restaurant.  Quick and homey, and very reasonably priced- would all food court restaurants achieve such an admirable combination.

Il Cane Rosso Restaurant in San Francisco
MARIQUITA FARM ROASTED PEPPER AND HARICOT VERT SALAD These peppers really stood out; excellent smokey flavor, with sliced garlic and tomato vinaigrette
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Warm SOUL FOOD FARM salad, a lovely open-faced sandwich with bagna cauda butter and aged provolone

Funny thing – here in NYC there are hundreds of great restaurants, but none that cater to the masses (except maybe Le Pain Quotidian chain).  This excellent eatery, Il Cane Rosso, and the entire ferry building is a testament to the food culture that pervades the city of San Francisco.

If I was a commuter, taking a ferry in and across the bay daily, Il Cane Rosso would be one of the places I walked by each trip to check the day’s menu!  Their website and twitter account also broadcast the day’s menu and specials.

Once again – this Ferry Building is where the city of San Francisco really catches my interest.  Perhaps it is the access to the best ingredients in the world or the general expectations of the populace or maybe it is some excellent city planning?  This really is a foodies’ town.

HEIRLOOM ORGANICS CARROT SOUP
Deep carrot flavor in a lighter than expected soup, served with dill goat cheese.

Some of the dishes we experienced:

Ferry Building San Francisco
ROTISSERIE HERB-RUBBED SOUL FOOD FARM CHICKEN HERB AND GARLIC ROASTED MARIQUITA FARM POTATOES Delicate and aromatic with excellent presentation.
Ferry Building San Francisco
Ferry Building San Francisco
MARIQUITA FARM EARLY GIRL TOMATO PANZANELLA These were some of the best tomatoes we’ve ever had; served with cucumbers, red onion, arugula, and red wine vinaigrette to create a really really tasty salad.
Ferry Building San Francisco
Ferry Building San Francisco

Il Cane Rosso

(1) 415 – 391 7599
1 Ferry Building, Market Shop #41
San Francisco, California 94111

OPEN HOURS:
  8:00  – 20:30    Monday  – Saturday
10:00  – 21:00    Sunday

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