A dash of this, a touch of that, and a miracle.
Italian culinary miracle-working does not always extend to the dessert cart, but at Bar Bambino the charm lasts all the way to the end of the menu card (although there is no dessert cart). On the traditional side, we have the old Sicilian favorite, cannoli ($7), a trio of delicate pistachio pastry flutes filled with goat-milk cheese, ricotta, honey the pistachio flavor dominates and on the more playful end we find zepote di banana ($8), beignet-like banana fritters topped with melted Nutella sauce, which you pour out yourself from a little pitcher.
Will those around you be watching to see if you spill? Possibly. Bar Bambino's snugness invites a certain degree of social espionage. On the other hand, the sophisticated look, including a long wall consisting of narrow wood planks and the wonderful chandelier made of wine bottles hanging over the front communal table, might help insulate you from over-overt scrutiny, which can help you enjoy your heresy, whatever it might be. *
Tues.Thurs., 11 a.m.11 p.m.;
Fri.Sat., 11 a.m.midnight; Sun., 510 p.m.
2931 16th St., SF
Wine and beer