New hotshot chefs opening boutique eateries in San Francisco with pricey wine lists and elaborately-described entrees should be forced to observe Jose Castelluci's Il Pollaio restaurant in action. Charbroiled chicken, chops and steaks, portions that put other sissy SF ""dining experiences"" to shame, and quite possibly the best value for your dollar in the entire city make Il Pollaio a rare solid. The setting is informal but clean and warm, and the view of Columbus Avenue can't be beaten. Il Pollaio is an excellent place to dine alone as well, with several small tables affording a view that keeps one's senses as alive as any dinner conversation. Seatingis somewhat limited, but waits are rarely long. Deliciously grilled 1/2 chicken, combo salad or fries and caraffe of decenthouse wine for well under 20 bucks. Something to think about over dessert at ""Firefly.""
Pros: Food, Value, Neighborhood