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Week in Reviews Blog Edition: L'Osteria, Pauline's & More

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2008_01_losteria.jpg7x7's Robin Rinaldi finds a loophole in the wait for a table at the tiny L'Osteria del Forno, and then discovers the place to be a diamond in the roughness of North Beach: "One hour turned to two, which turned to three. Still L'Osteria stayed quiet while we ate and drank and talked and drank some more and ate still more. Outside, as the late afternoon light slanted on the North Beach sidewalks, I could have sworn I'd just returned from a long Italian vacation instead of merely a long lunch." [B+B]

The latest installment of Pizza Fridays takes to the northern Mission, where MB declares Pauline's Pizza: "What other place offers Meyer lemon sauce that gets slathered on the pie along with goat cheese and greens? With its crispy chewy crust with a dusting of cornmeal for extra flavor, Pauline's sets the standards for this style of pizza." [BauerBlog]

Chef Ben has the cure for the rainy season as he dives into some standard ramen at Katana-ya: Don’t get me wrong, the bowl of ramen was satisfying and it was the perfect cure for a rainy day. But the quality seemed similar to bowls I’ve eaten in San Francisco’s Japantown. So I don’t know if I would go as far as to call Katana-ya the best ramen in the city." [CWTSG]

From the pages of Wait-and-See Pudding comes a bit of heresy for you Panisseoholics, in the form of a let-down at the Chez Panisse Cafe: "All-in-all, our meal was a disappointment. The service was phoned in and wholly impersonal, from the hostess right on down the line leaving us both feeling as though our presence was simply tolerated out of an expiring sense of obligation ... Walking out of Chez Panisse we felt a cool blast of winter wind off the Bay and all the satisfaction of having just paid a hefty tithe to a church in need of a Reformation." [WaSP]

ELSEWHERE, the Daily Feed knows you can't go wrong with brunch at Canteen, the CC Times' What's On Tap reviews the various new Belgian beerhouses and finally, random Youtube video evidence proves that conveyor boat sushi is alive (if not well) at Isobune.

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