Review: Seven Hills.

A quaint intimate restaurant is on top of one of the seven hills in San Francisco.

Seven Hills, a cozy restaurant named after the seven hills of the city, offers simple Italian cuisine focusing on the abundance of seasonal produce. The Russian Hill restaurant definitely has that neighborhood feel and is quite popular amongst locals. The menu is straightforward with a few appetizers, pastas, and main courses.

Amuse Bouche: Cucumber with Melon (7/10).

A nice gesture from the chef showcasing refreshing summer produce with crunchy raw cucumber and juicy sweet melon.

Brentwood Corn Soup with Charred Corn, Crème Fraîche, and Chives (7/10).

Silky sweet corn soup was drizzled with tart crème fraîche, fruity olive oil, and fresh chives. The soup could have had more intense corn flavor as well as a touch of salt.

Di Stefano Burrata with Eggplant Involtini, Basil Pesto, and Tomato (7.5-8/10).

Creamy Burrata cheese was the perfect compliment for the little eggplant rolls brushed with sweet tomato sauce. A little finishing salt on top would have been appropriate.

American Wagyu Carpaccio with Scallion, Capers, Arugula Pesto, and Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese (7.5/10).

A little skimpy with the amount of beef slices but overall it was a tasty appetizer. I would have liked more capers and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese to add that nice salinity to the carpaccio.

Triangoli with Summer Squash and Blossoms with Genovese Pesto (7.5-8/10).

Lovely triangoli were stuffed with cheese and finished in a simple pesto sauce with summer squash, squash blossoms, and sweet cherry tomatoes. Simple yet perfectly embodies summer.

Caramelle Pasta with Foie Gras and Strawberry (8/10).

The strongest dish of the night was the caramelle stuffed with a rich foie gras mousse simply tossed in a butter sauce with a tart yet sweet strawberry gastrique and freeze dried strawberries. Definitely the best seasoned dish as well as the most interesting flavors.

Chocolate Budino with Hazelnut (7.5/10).

A simple chocolate budino with a nice silky creamy texture with whipped cream and toasted hazelnuts.

While none of dishes we tried were necessarily bad, they all lacked a depth of flavor and were missing something. It almost seemed like every dish could have been tweaked to make it better and some dishes lacked seasoning. I still find that Belotti Ristorante e Bottega has the best pasta in terms of flavor in the Bay Area. Therefore my rating is a 7.5/10.

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