Locanda is a Roman influenced restaurant from the owners of Delfina in the Mission, on Valencia off 16th St. I had an early dinner here at the bar, which is first come first serve.
Church Cocktail ($8 at HH, $12 normally)
aperol, gin, cocchi americano, lemon
Not bad, a little on the sweet side for my taste though.
Locanda’s Pizza Bianca ($4)
More like a focaccia-like bread than a pizza, very good. Airy, topped with olive oil and salt, and with a slightly crispy exterior.
Jewish-Style Artichoke ($7)
A deep fried artichoke. Fried well, crispy leaves, not greasy.
Llano Seco Pork Tonatto ($15)
cherry tomatoes, basil, fried capers
This was great. Kind of like a vitello tonnato but with a ham-like thin sliced pork replacing the veal. Topped with a tuna mayo sauce. Complemented well by the sweet tomatoes.
Bucatini all’Amatriciana ($20)
guanciale, tomato, pepperoncini, pecorino
Also great. Pasta was perfectly al dente. Nice chew. Tomato sauce was a little tart and a little spicy, with little bits of crispy guanciale. No onions in this version.