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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Family-Style Monday Menu at Bar Bambino to Explore the Cooking of Venice

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Bar Bambino has been trying to attract customers on Monday nights with spcial prix-fixe menus. - ITALY IN SF/FLICKR
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  • Bar Bambino has been trying to attract customers on Monday nights with spcial prix-fixe menus.
Incanto isn't the only restaurant in town cooking up affordable, easy-going concepts to try to attract diners to the traditionally slow nights at the beginning of the week. When the Mission's Bar Bambino (2931 16th St. at South Van Ness) decided to open on Monday nights a few months ago, it launched a menu mellower and more casual than its standard dinner offerings. The family-style Monday Night Regional Suppers have been open-ended explorations of Italian regional cuisine in four courses.

This Monday, July 6 (just about the time you'll be sick of ribs and corn-on-the-cob), the menu lands in the northern region of Veneto. "Traditionally you find a lot of rich, spiced game meats," Bar Bambino owner Christopher Losa said. "You'll have a soft touch of citrus and cinnamon, a very subtle sort of sweet- and-sour component."

Here's the preliminary menu. Antipasto: risi e bisi, a play on the classic rice and peas dish. Pasta: tagliolini tossed with shrimp and rapini. Third: Becker Lane organic pork ribs (you knew you couldn't get away from ribs entirely) roasted with rosemary, sage, and garlic, served with Venetian-style polenta. Dessert is a wild card, although tiramisu is a contender.

The cost is $35 per person, with an extra $10 for wine (Soave for the white, Valpolicella for the red). The final menu will be announced on Bar Bambino's Twitter feed. For reservations, call 701-8466.

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