Happy 10th Anniversary Delfina - A Love Letter
It's no secret how I feel about Delfina. I've been known to forsake all others for her company, and sock anyone who dare speak ill of her.
Today is Delfina's 10th anniversary.
Ten years ago, when I was young, poor and hungry, Jon and I wandered into the new restaurant around the corner. From my first bite of ribollita I was smitten. I knew this would be a place that I would spend quite a few hours and dollars. At the time I had no idea what the future held: 6 week waits for reservations, James Beard awards and magazine covers.
Which makes it all the more amazing that after ten years I am always greeted with a hug, and there is always a place at the table for me. I'm not bragging. This isn't a testament to me so much as it is to Craig and Annie and the folks that run the restaurant. They are fiercely loyal to their regulars, something I feel truly sets them apart from many of SF's most acclaimed restaurants.
I have run to Delfina with exclamations of joy upon getting great news, such as the first time I heard Diner #3's heartbeat. And I have showed up at their door in tears, not knowing where else to go in a time of true darkness. Many of my fondest memories of both happy times and healing times were formed inside their four walls.
What is always astounding to me is that in addition to producing delicious food --food I could eat every day, food that inspires as well as comforts-- Delfina takes such good care of the folks that walk through their door.
Happy Anniversary, Delfina. You have always nourished my heart and soul as well as my belly. May you always enjoy the well-earned success that you have today.
"To eat is a necessity. To eat intelligently is an art."
-- La Rochefoucauld