Caffe Delle Stelle

395 Hayes St. @ Gough
San Francisco, CA 94102
phone: 415.252.1110
Italian trattoria
Beer and wine only

Walking into Delle Stelle is like stepping into an old-world Italian Bistro. You'll be whisked off to a table and will receive a pitcher of mineral water and homemade bread with tomato basil spread just for sitting down. The rest of the meal will be just as smooth.

The Ambience:
Delle Stelle just feels happy. I can't quite explain why they're often playing the French cabaret music of Edith Piaf, and yet, how could I complain about Edith Piaf? It's well lit and bustling, but I've never felt rushed or unwelcome. Sometimes a little loud, but for me, that's just the energy of it.

The Menu:
Weekly wine specials and nightly dinner specials. Moderate prices with appetizers $4-$6.50, pastas $8-$9 and secondi piatti $9-$11.

The Food:
Not extraordinary, but tasty, consistent and cheap. Hearty portions. Great nightly specials, fried calamari and pastas.

The Service:
DO NOT GO on a symphony/opera night before 8pm (usually Wednesday). You might get seated, but unless you're opera rush, you won't get a waiter. I did, in fact, walk out after watching our waiter close out the rush of tables for half an hour. And it broke my heart.

Usually, however, the waiters are attentive, personable and great story tellers.

Reservations: Not usually necessary.

Overall: B+
Great atmosphere, service and price. Decent food.

Reviewed : Oct 2003

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