Orange and racing stripes are the main themes at the spacious Delarosa

The team behind Beretta has created an empire, and they’re running like clockwork with its Marina outpost known as Delarosa.

Compared to the eclectic Beretta in the Mission and the cozy Starbelly in the Castro, Delarosa is like the new kid who’s also the show off in the family. Brass, bright, and proud, the spacious dining room attracts young families and Marina couples with its Roman-style pizzas and pasta.

Like all the other restaurants by Adriano Paganini and Deborah Blum, Delarosa doesn’t take reservations (unless you’re a party of six or more). You can often find a spot at the picnic-style tables, the high-top communal table, the wide bar, or the popular tables outside on the sidewalk.

Carpaccio of sliced gold and red beets, shaved ricotta salata, and truffle oil dressing ($8)

The menu by Chef Ruggero Gadaldi seems to be more varied than Beretta’s and Starbelly’s. For example, I don’t recall the latter two serving spiedini, which are Italian-style skewers. But like Beretta and Starbelly, fresh, seasonal ingredients shine at Delarosa, such as in a beautiful carpaccio salad made of thinly sliced gold and red beets, topped with arugula and shaved ricotta salata.

When I visited once with my friend Ken, we had the clam pizza ($17) topped with provolone, garlic and soffrito. The clam flavor is always so unique for a pizza, and Delarosa’s chewy crust holds up to the moisture of the clam juice and tomatoes. At another time, I had an enjoyable pumpkin ravioli ($10) made with classic flavors of brown butter and crispy sage.

While the food is satisfying and the choices plenty, it’s the service that keeps this place packed. Servers are friendly, bartenders are jovial, and the bus staff keeps the plates coming and going at a clip pace. That’s why I believe of the three restaurants, Delarosa is where this restaurant team has got everything right.

Rating: 3 out of 4 camera snaps

 

 

Delarosa, 2175 Chestnut St., San Francisco. PH: 415.673.7100. Open for daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., weekend brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. No reservations, major credit cards accepted. delarosasf.com

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Oh how I'd hate to change the light bulbs here

Beer steam mussels ($9) had a delicious broth that was green like a pesto sauce.

A full bar serving up specialty cocktails, beer and wine

Servers keep the pizzas coming

Pumpkin ravioli, brown butter sage, balsamic drizzles ($10)

Outdoor seating is pretty popular on a sunny day

4 Responses to Pizza and Service Shine in the Marina

  1. Sandy says:

    YUMMM! I already love beretta and starbelly so I guess I better get over to Delarosa PRONTO!

  2. Carolyn Jung says:

    I’d drive far for a great clam pizza. It’s one of my fave pies. Gotta make a beeline for this place soon!

  3. renee says:

    This is my favorite place to eat in the Marina. I take all my guests here. Always tasty, well prepared, creative entrees, served by an efficient & friendly staff. Love it!

  4. hungry dog says:

    Well I adore Starbelly so will have to check this new spot out! Thanks for the tip–I never know where to go in the Marina. And, merry Christmas, Ben! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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