Tiburon is a former railroad town that up until 1963 served as the terminus for the Northwestern Pacific Railroad. One of the railroad’s “most famous deliveries” was Al Capone, who was carried by train to Alcatraz in 1934. Since then it has been transformed into a charming seacoast village that I was apt to explore.
Charming over water houses in Tiburon
View of the bike path from Servino’s upstairs patio
In the summer months not a table can be had in this family run establishment that happens to be celebrating 40 years of business. With winter comes a more relaxed atmosphere and I was happy to have a quiet lunch away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Joined by my friend and her pooch we sat down for an abundance of delectable dishes inspired by Angelo Servino’s upbringing in Southern Italy and created with fresh and locally purveyed ingredients by head chef Christian Darcoli.
Kale & Ricotta Salad & Tuna Tartare
Mussels and Brussels
Wanting to taste everything we ordered Tuna Tartare, and Mussels to start. A seafood lover I was blown away by how delicious the mussels were. Cooked to perfection in a cream and butter sauce, the rich flavors practically melted into my mouth. Next up were Brussel Sprouts, and a kale salad with ricotta and cranberries. They had me at ricotta with that salad and the infusion of different flavors and textures had me taking seconds before I knew it. One can never go wrong with Brussel Sprouts and the kitchen was happy to make these delicious babies with no animal products.
Lobster Agnolotti & Funghi Pasta
Funghi pizza & Grilled Branzino
Already full, we buckled down and took a deep breath for our next dishes, hands down my two favorite. First up was a lobster agnolotti which is similar to a ravioli but better. I have had a lot of these in my life and none tasted as good as these. It was the perfect collision of parmesan and lobster placed perfectly within the freshly made pocket of pasta which is made in house. I had to force myself to eat them slowly so I could savor the immensely delicious flavors for as long as possible. Pasta complete we moved onto a funghi pizza, drizzled with white truffle oil and lightly dusted with parmesan. I am not a big pizza eater but this one was by far one of my favorite EVER!
View of the Golden Gate Bridge from Lyford Tower
After a cappuccino and flourless chocolate torte my friend and I headed back to the bike path, but this time for a walk through the local neighborhoods. We walked up towards Lyford’s Tower part of an old gate, that once was the entrance to a civil war utopian development that never came to light. It is on the National Registry of Historic Places and a great place for a scenic view. If you’re looking for a challenge you can also hike nearby Mt. Tamalpais or bike back to San Francisco on the San Francisco Bay Trail. Before long it was time for me to head back across the water, ready for another day of adventure in San Francisco.
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