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Cafe Viva

 318 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA
 

Zyliss grater???

Location! Location! Location!

Café Viva is in a great location on Columbus, and with so many windows it’s perfect for people watching.
But with so many restaurants to choose from in North Beach I don’t think Café Viva is doing a good job.
I went there with 1 guest for lunch. Not many patrons were having lunch here but I didn’t think anything of it. Hanging dried flowers filled the ceiling and the decor gave you the feeling of a nice Italian restaurant. The tables are lined with plain brown paper which is nice and simple.

Once I got the menu I could tell this restaurant is catering to families. It’s very colorful with pictures and different color backgrounds on a single page. Once my eyes settled down I selected the Primavera vegetables, mushrooms, fresh basil, peas, tomatoes, olive oil, and herbs. (10.95) We selected a glass of the House Chianti.

When the food arrived you have the tradition of having the wait staff put on the parmesan cheese. When she pulled out the Zyliss grater it was amazing how much cheese came out of that thing. But I question weather that contraption is something that belonged in a restaurant. I did have a hard time calling the waitress at the end of our meal which shouldn’t have been a problem with only two other tables occupied.

Primavera

Primavera vegetables, mushrooms, fresh basil, peas, tomatoes, olive oil, and herbs. We selected a glass of the House Chianti.

The primavera was very good. It wasn’t the best I’ve had and the portion wasn’t too much. The vegetables were fresh and mushrooms tasted great. I think it was more in the execution of the dish that was missing.

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