When all the other restaurants close for the night in San Francisco’s financial district, chefs are known to gather for dinner at one place where dim lights and a tempting oder invite you into its little late night secret - it is open past midnight. Globe, an Italian-American restaurant is cozy in size. It is a pleaser among neighbors and business lunch goers. It is a spot to go solo and dine home-cooked fine dinning while skipping the typical diner experience. While the recommendations did not disappoint, with a name like Globe, I expected a more international menu.
As I sat by a red brick wall decorated with mirrors that sink towards the booths, the server set a steaming dish of homemade spaghetti with roasted tomato and garlic sauce down in front of me. The pasta, made in house, weaved through the bright red sauce, which was garnished with aromatic pieces of basil.
The pasta sauce had a soft bite. While not as spicy as an arrabiata sauce, chili flakes gave an attractive kick. Tomato chunks in the sauce exploded with flavor, complementing the unmistakable taste of fresh pasta.
Known as one of the first late-night dining places in San Francisco, Globe has been open for fifteen years. According to Chef Pai Ling, the relationship between staff and clientele is what makes Globe unique:
“We talk about the food, what is good, or what could be done better.”
Globe is a good option for a simple dish like spaghetti and a low-key dining experience. It is the perfect place to go for a good conversation because the music is low and there is no screen TV. If you are in the neighborhood for lunch or are just looking for a place open until one in the morning—Globe is the place for you.