Quote of the Day - Food is an important part of a balanced diet.
MIPTC took a trip to San Francisco this weekend to present a seminar on "Ethics Issues In Environmental Law" at the CLE International California Climate Change Law Conference. On the way to our hotel on Third Street in the late evening, we walked by an opening in the giant buildings along the sidewalk that led into a grassy, park-like courtyard with art sculptures, soft chairs, clinking glasses, heaters and an outside movie.
And a view. What a view. The backdrop to this oasis in The City is the building sculpture otherwise known as the Marriott Hotel. At night, with those lights in the sky, it is a simply stunning sight.
Flanking the entrance near the Yerba Buena district are banner-sized drawings of the Doge of Venice and his wife hearkening from the times of Catherine Medici. It's your first clue of the spectacular nature of this Venetian-Italian restaurant that takes pride in its four versions of copper forks, reminiscent of a time when the rest of Europe was still licking its fingers. As historians know, forks and glassware were first used on the Venetian table. Ducca's historical acknowledgement is just a subtle signal that this restaurant is special.
And special it is.
Once inside, it's obvious Ducca (pronounced "Duke-a") is much more than a restaurant. Its trendy bar and circular lounge is THE place to see and be seen. The lounge's centerpiece, a sparkling red, glass-blown chandelier sets the mood for fun and drinks, with plenty of spice thrown in. Once past the bar, the restaurant opens with floor-to-ceiling translucent, silk-screened partitions of the doge and his wife separating the lounge from the dining room. Warmly greeted by the hostess, we first sat in the back corner of the stunningly decorated restaurant.
Then General Manager Joel Kelly made it a special evening for us. After a barnburner of a day, a delayed flight, late arrival and not much more than the wearied looks on our faces, he escorted us from our first table into Ducca's private dining room, set up a two-top and closed the glass doors, silencing the lively conversations at the nearby tables. Soft browns and tans, white linen tablecloths and impeccable service greeted us throughout the lovely evening. Oh yes, and the food, especially for us, since we eat out more than in.
MMMmmm, the food.
Heaven on plates is about the only way I can describe it. Everything, from the freshly warmed bread to the sumptuous dessert was simply delicious. Hats off to Ducca. This writer's recommendation? You haven't been to San Francisco if you haven't had drinks and dinner at Ducca.
Go here for the time of your life: Ducca, 50 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Phone: 415.977.0271. And say hi to Joel for MIPTC.