Filbert and Columbus
You find throughout these pages there aren't many North Beach
restaurants. That's because usually I can't bring myself to
travel across town to the circus of tourism that's taken over
Washington Square. Of course, occasionally exceptions must be
Daflora is my favorite restaurant of all time. Suck on that
for a while. The food is impeccable and the atmosphere is perfection.
Let's look a little closer, shall we?
What could be better then 10 tables in a tiny, dimly lit, deep
red corner building. Overlooking Columbus street, sipping violet
dessert wine and listening to old recordings of vocal jazz from
the 30's makes any night a good one.
If you talk to the woman who seated you (aka the owner), you'll
learn that every ingredient on the menu has been hand selected
from all over the world. I admit that my recent menu proved
very similar to my menu a year ago, so I'm not sure how often
it changes. If it ain't broke though...
The wine list is extensive and unique. Our friend the owner
is happy to discuss their facets with you if you like.
Appetizers such as prosciutto, potato gnocchi and homemade caeser
salads are about $10. Homemade pasta and the fish or pork range
Nothing like it. Their foccacia arrives with no butter, olive
oil or pesto. No need, friends, no need. It is HANDS DOWN THE
BEST as my dinner partner (a chef) proclaimed. I couldn't agree
The rest of the food is no exception. Everything is fresh, vibrant
and creatively paired to offer truly unique and delicious creations.
Very friendly and extraordinarily knowledgable. The waitress
seemed more like a partner in the business than staff. When
the joint filled up we had a hard time getting our check.
Reservations: Strongly Suggested.
Even your belches will taste exquisite.
Reviewed : Oct 2003