I don't know why this place gets such up and down reviews. Caffe Delle Stelle is a compact italian restaurant in Hayes Valley with a small-time feel. I've gone here over a dozen times and I love it. Prices are pretty decent for what your getting, the wait staff have always been professional and very knowledgeable, this coming from a fellow Italian. I was introduced to this place by Waiters on Wheels of all places when I worked for a dot bomb company. I would order the Pasticcio. We called it "Pockets of Goodness" and that's what it is with ziti, tomatoes, eggplant, caper, smoked mozzarella, baked in pastry crust. Let me tell you something, if you read thru my reviews, you'll notice something.. I'm what you could call meat-tastic. Now, if I'm siting here pushing a non-meat main entree onto you, then when you go here, all I can say is order the Pasticcio. To die for!
Ok I must say I was quite disappointed with their food and service. After reading about it on Yelp, I was excited to go. We waited in line for 45 minutes, ended up getting really hungry, and the server took way too long taking our order. The food was average and certainly not worth the wait. Maybe we ordered the wrong things - the fritattas, french toast and blue berry coffee cake. The coffee cake was the best I have ever had, but that should not have been the highlight of the breakfast. I recommend you try it out and make your own conclusion. The place seems extremely popular and was packed. Maybe we just had an off experience.
Specialty coffee houses are nothing new, but Wicked Grounds delivers satisfying java, amazing milkshakes and a variety of sweet treats while being an open and friendly space for the Bay Area BDSM crowd. Anyone can serve you a latte with a design in the foam; WG will present it to you in a doggie bowl if you ask. It is a great place to relax after a long day or before a longer night. The art and accoutrement are not to be missed either. Make it a must stop when you are in the SOMA!