The Dish: Medici Lounge Opening Tonight, Menu Revealed

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SoMa: Coming off a few test runs over the weekend, longtime plywood regular Medici Lounge will finally open to the general public for the first time tonight. It's a good looking, small-ish space on the corner of Ninth and Folsom, but it's the menu—which is below—that is pretty unique and worth a look, we think. It's very autumnal (lots of squash family members) and more interestingly, in this opening version, prices are intriguingly low. It's something we suppose fitting for the economic times, though we are very curious as to what exactly is entailed in dishes like a $5 octopus cioppino and a $7 pasta. 299 Ninth Street, at Folsom; (415) 863-6334

Medici Evenings 10.16.08
autumn

salad
pickled watermelon radish, lemon cucumber & plum, little gem asian pear & ginger cider dressing 5

start
mussels, pancetta dust & fried leek 7
fuyu persimmon, prosciutto, olive oil, marshalls honey & balsamic reduction 8
pecorino romano, pierre robert & grape preserve 8
ahi tuna, toasted fresh cayenne pepper aioli & caper 8
fig brulee, sheep ricotta & marshalls blackberry honey 7

soup
kabocha bisque, squash blossom & caramelized apple 5
octopus & salt cod cioppino 5

pasta
tagliatelle, pesto & roasted tomato 7
calico squash ravioli, sage brown butter & pecorino romano 7

plate
grilled half chicken, polenta pizzaioli & greens 17
searing ling cod, lemon marmalade, balsamic glaze, squash & greens 19
braised pork, almond, cranberries sauce, apple sauce, creamy polenta & cooked cabbage 19
grilled skirt steak with cipollini & garlic james, smashed butter pumpkins & greens 22For more stories from Eater SF, go to sf.eater.com.

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