With a family history in Italian cuisine, culinary experiences in Michelin starred restaurants locally and in Italy, and accomplishments at his co-owned Seven Hills restaurant, the stage was set for Alexander Alioto to take on a solo challenge at Plin. Alexander wanted his new Mission based restaurant to be a celebration of modern Italian cuisine through an extensive menu of tapas sized dishes. Exhausted from the city’s traditional red sauce italian restaurants, we became enthusiastic upon hearing about Plin’s early August opening. Giving the restaurant a month to work out kinks and setup a rhythm, we visited the dining establishment several days ago. Is the best yet to come for Alexander Alioto? Lets find out.
Exterior / Interior
The Russian Accent (high west 7000 oat vodka, lemon, ginger shrub, mint, absinthe rinse) – $11
Kampachi Carpaccio (acadia mussel cream, finger limes, sea asparagus, black pepper, bread crumbs) – $13
Gnocchi With Shrimp (basil pesto sauce, chili flakes, chives) – $12
Confit Chicken Cannelloni (tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, chicken demi, lemon zest) – $11
Grilled Wild Walu (eggplant puree, blended heirloom tomato, Jimmy Nardello Italian peppers, fired capers) – $23
Shortcake and Peaches (vanilla lavender pastry cream, strawberry coulis and peaches drizzled with a honey butter sauce and almond crumbles) – $9
With the city’s seemingly endless array of available Italian restaurants, the core aspects of Italian cuisine such as simplicity, freshness, and quality is often lost. Fortunately, each of our dishes at Plin celebrated these qualities and reflected Alexander Alioto’s deep understanding and experience with the cuisine. Are we ready to spread the news about Plin? All this excellence does not come cheap and many people might get turned off by the expense of ordering three to four dishes per person to fill an empty stomach. However, when compared to all the new restaurants being opened by popular chefs, Plin’s prices are on par and we definitely recommend the restaurant for its homemade pastas, unique ingredients, and high quality food.