SF Eats: Contrada
Y'all know I love eating out, and, sometimes you get a meal that just wows you. This was Contrada. The restaurant recently finished undergoing renovations to their kitchen and to their basement, but they're open with a wood fire pizza menu and plenty of other tasty additions!
Among my favorites were the cauliflower sformato, the ribeye for two, and the wild mushroom pizza. The waiters were also very attentive, so this is a great place for a group of friends or if you want to celebrate something special like birthdays or job milestones. Keep scrolling for a look at some of the delicious dishes our group tried.
Like I said, the cauliflower sformato was one of my favorite dishes, and a very unique one at that. Black garlic yogurt comes out topped with caviar, and this savory yogurt is also paired with cauliflower and crispy semolina. The finishing touch is a beautiful gold leaf to add some flair to the otherwise black and white plate.
I almost forgot about this oak grilled porcini—burrata on top of grilled porcini mushrooms paired with crispy pig ears and charred cabbage. The flavor and texture combination was 🔥 and the crispy pig ears tasted like I was eating chicharron!
For the main meal, we tried the squid ink bucatini, ribeye for two, and wild mushroom pizza. The squid ink was a little on the oilier side, but the flavors were still good thanks to some trusty sea urchin butter😍 I also am a huge fan of mushrooms, so I really enjoyed the pizza. It also came topped with truffle fonduta—thanks to Google, I now know this is fontina cheese mixed with egg yolks, milk, and truffle! If that creamy combination doesn't already have you salivating, I don't know what to tell you.
But really, the star of the show for us was the ribeye! It's definitely on the pricier side for $79, but it was perfect to split among five people along with everything else we had ordered. I mean, just look at this beauty!
The meat was perfectly cooked with just enough pink in the middle, and it paired perfectly with the arugula and toasted bread we were given to sop up the juices.
We ordered a few small dishes to go with the main plates, but we all left very full and satisfied. Sadly, we cleaned our plates so well...we had zero room for dessert! Contrada is definitely on my list of places to go back to when I need a good, sit down meal.
Let me know if you get the chance to check out Contrada, or let me know what your favorite restaurants are that I should visit!