Eat Boujee but Affordable at this Italian Restaurant: Palio

Confession.of.a.foodie (me) x Palio


Address: 640 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Hours: M-F 11:30AM-9:30PM, Sat 5:30PM-9:30PM
Phone: (415) 395-9800


Get ready to dine like kings and queens without breaking your piggie banks, Cha-Ching! Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District, Palio offers authentic, modern Italian cuisine that will have you feeling like you were feasting in Italy! This 30-year-old restaurant is newly renovated and I love the new classy interior design! They even have these huge “WC” signs on the pillar/wall to direct you to the restrooms.

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Palio match packets at the front

Now, let’s move on to the food.

Click here to see their full menu.

Per Cominciare (Small Bites):

Pane e Burro ($4): The whipped herbal butter that comes with the Acme sourdough and ciabatta, is pretty good. The butter flavors change through the different seasons. I wanted to try their truffle butter, but it was last season’s flavor.

Arancini ($2.50 per piece): This Palio classic is made of saffron risotto, Scamorza cheese and green peas fried all together, placed on top of light tomato sauce. The outside layer of the risotto balls are perfectly crisp.

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Salumi E Formaggi (Salami & Cheese):

Small Mixed Salumi & Formaggi Board ($18): The meat and cheese board is served with crostini, giardiniera, and olive tapenade. You can build your own board, but I got the Chef’s meat and cheese selections. I highly recommend the Prosciutto and Triple Cream Brie.

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Salumi / Formaggi Mixed Board

Pizza Forna A Legna (Wood Oven Pizza):

I’m not sure what this pizza is, because it’s not the one I ordered. I’m guessing it’s the Rucola (white corn, Asiago cheese, arugula, balsamic reduction). I literally walked over to the chef and asked if I could take a picture of him in action, LOL.

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Primi Piatti (First/House-made Pastas):

Small Mezzalune alla Monferrina ($15): This almond and Fontina half moon ravioli pasta sits in Parmigiano broth, spinach, and white truffle oil. Yah, I’m kind of low-key obsessed with truffle oil on food.

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Mezzalune alla Monferrina

Smal Tonnarelli Nero di Sepia con Salmone ($14): This squid ink square cut spaghetti is made with wild salmon, Santa Barbara sea urchin butter, and chives. The salmon is so creamy and tender, it kind of just melts in your mouth. I was afraid that the squid ink flavors on the pasta would be overpowering, but it wasn’t at all!

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Tonnarelli Nero di Sepia con Salmone

Dolci (Dessert):

Cannoli ($9): This zesty dessert consists of Bellwether sheep’s milk ricotta, candied citrus, pistachio, chocolate chip, powdered sugar, and olive oil gelato on the side. This is actually my first cannoli experience and it was a good one! The olive oil gelato was really interesting… I’ve never had ice cream in olive oil before, but it surprisingly complements each other very well! It’s a new kind of flavor for my taste buds. I liked the pistachio end of the cannoli more than the chocolate chip one though.

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Panna Cotta con Frutti del Bosco ($12): This dessert is made of vanilla and poppy seed custard paired with marinated fresh berries. This is such a refreshing dessert to finish a meal with!

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Panna Cotta con Frutti del Bosco

Palio also has a bar area, where you can grab drinks and enjoy your time at the lounge area. They created a new cocktail menu designed by Matt Grippo (one of SF Chronicle’s 2018 Bar Stars) and Shirley Brooks (Bottom of the Barrel). It’s worth checking out if you like sipping on cocktails. 

Follow them on Instagram @paliosf for more information! Feel free to share your experiences with me via Instagram @confession.of.a.foodie or in the comments section of this post below!

Thanks for stopping by!


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