Venetian Restaurant & Cichèti Bar


Open Seven Days a Week for Dinner
Sunday – Thursday, 5:30 – 10 pm
Friday – Saturday, 5:30 – 11 pm

Join Us for Aperitivo Hour!
Every Day from 5:30 – 7 pm
Drink Specials & Complimentary Cichèti




(eat and drink because life is a flash)



Venetian Cichèti

Inspired by the flavors and tradition of Venice, our dishes are fresh, seasonal and simply prepared. Served in the style of Venetian Cichèti (piatti piccoli – plates crafted to be shared), we use only the freshest ingredients available in the market. Our seasonal menu features seafood and shellfish, with meat and pasta offerings as well. Our bar features artisanal cocktails as well as hand-selected, quality wines from Italy and California.


At Pesce, we are dedicated to serving dishes that are environmentally responsible. We ensure all of our seafood is abundant, well-managed and caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways. We adhere to the recommendations of Seafood Watch, a seafood sustainability program from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation.


2006 Selected Chef Delegate, Slow Food, Terra Madre Conference

2004 Selected Participant in James Beard Award Dinner honoring Piero Selvaggio

2001 Awarded the Diploma di Buona Cucina from the Accademia Italiana Della Cucina

1996 – 2006 Best Neighborhood Italian, Bay Area Critics’ Choice Awards – San Francisco Chronicle

1992 – 1995 Selected Participant for Food and Wine Society Dinner, San Francisco

1992 – 1993 Critics’ Choice Award – San Francisco Focus Magazine

1992 Selected Participant for International Italian Food Event, New York City

1991 – 1992 Selected Participant for Macy’s California Chef Tour, San Francisco

1987 Selected Chef for Papal visit, Los Angeles

Ruggero Gadaldi, Pesce’s Chef and Co-Owner

Ruggero Gadaldi’s passion is to cook simply prepared authentic Italian food utilizing the freshest ingredients available. He believes in traditions, the Slow Food movement, his mother’s tiramisu, and delicious wines. 
Born and raised in a small town just north of Bergamo, Italy, Gadaldi was immediately captivated by gastronomy. As a young seven-year-old boy he began working in his family’s business, Gadaldis Gastronomia, a town favorite to the population of 840 people. The family store produced and cured its own prosciutto, salami and other meats!

Equipped with a paper chef hat and an innate fervor for food, Gadaldi worked hard at the store learning curing techniques and the trade. Ultimately his hunger for cooking drove him to enroll in Italy’s well-renowned professional hotel school, San Pellegrino, at age 14. There he refined his skills and was introduced to the fine art of Italian cooking; but, his desire to expand his culinary techniques and repertoire prompted Gadaldi to move to the United States.

During his time in San Francisco, Gadaldi has gained much notoriety both from his co-ownership of Beretta and Delarosa, as well as through solo pursuits. It was over a decade ago when Ruggero and his wife Judith began by opening Antica Restaurant in Russian Hill. Pesce on Polk Street followed soon after!

Through its 12 years on Polk Street, Pesce brought a home-away-from home feeling to the neighborhood’s restaurant regulars; never foregoing or forgetting the benefits of daily market shopping, the deliberate process of preparation, and the essence of a welcome hug and kiss at every greeting.

Now at its new home on Market Street and with all new neighbors, Pesce will continue to put forth food for the soul. Fun, easy, fresh, light, and welcoming; the food is as much a tribute to what tastes good as it is to a way of life. Magna e bevi che a vita xe un lampo!

Press Reviews

…The format is based on “cicchetti” (say chee-ketti), the Venetian variation of tapas/small plates. I used to live in Venezia, and it’s how people there would eat because they’re so damned social… – “The Regular” The Tablehopper Newsletter, Marcia Gagliardi

…Since the best seafood I’ve ever eaten was served to me in Italy, where straightforward presentations celebrate the pure flavor of an absolutely pristine product, I harbored hopes about this place. The menu of small, interesting dishes at Pesce reminded me of happy experiences overseas so I finally took the chance. Now Pesce has become one of the few restaurants in town that I trust to handle fish… Would I go back? Can’t wait; to try more little dishes with different glasses of wine. – The Examiner, Patricia Unterman

…Sometimes, much like with a great symphony or opera, you know from the opening note that a meal is going to be memorable… – Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle




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Phone or E-mail:
(415) 928-8035 |


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2223 Market Street • San Francisco, CA
P: (415) 928-8025 • E:


Aperitivo Hour
Daily, 5:30-7:00 pm
Sunday – Thursday, 5:30-10:00 pm
Friday – Saturday, 5:30-11:00 pm


Parking & Directions

-Pesce is located at 2223 Market Street between 16th Street and Sanchez Street in the Castro District just moments off I80 and the 101.Metered and residential street parking are available in the area, but if the streets are short of spots Sullivan’s Parking Garage is located directly across the street from Pesce at 2254 Market.Public transportation is a great option for reaching us! The Castro Street Muni Station, only two blocks away, services the K, L, M, S, and T Muni lines with connections to the F and the 24, 33, 35, and 37 bus-lines. The F drops off right on the corner of our block.Give us a call if you need any help finding us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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