DINING DIARY SF | OCTAVIA / by Brackett Bilodeau

Image courtesy of octavia-sf.com

Image courtesy of octavia-sf.com

Award-winning chef Melissa Perello brings her newest dining destination to the Pacific Heights area, channeling its surroundings through refined New American fare and a cozy neighborhood feel. Elegance and simplicity are coupled in the intimate space, light pouring through windows onto muted tabletops rife with Perello’s vibrant, dynamic dishes, all honest in composition with sustainability at the core. Chef’s commitment to utilizing the Bay Area’s wealth of agricultural resources shines through each element of the dining experience at Octavia -- an elevated approach to the casual dining scene that has drawn locals and critics alike. Opt for Chef Perello’s specialties, starting with her take on the deviled egg, poached and brined with a dusting of peppers and spices, followed by a malfatti of ricotta dumplings, sautéed rapini, nardello peppers, and ricotta salata. The chocolate soufflé tart is not to be missed, and for those with an affinity for a floral finish, the Bartlett pear float with ricotta whey and lavender is a must-try. Contact your Attaché for reservations and more menu picks.