We're not sure how the pitch meeting for Trestle went down, but we imagine something like this.
"Okay, we're killing it with Stones Throw. Not only do we have total acclaim from the masses, but the only review website that matters said we "get it done" for date night.
"So what's the next move? Imagine this: Stones Throw, but MORE perfect-for-date-night. MORE universally acceptable. Our last menu was reasonably priced, but we're going even farther. We're going to offer only a shockingly reasonable $35 three-course 'tasting menu.' Sure, the courses might be 'concise,' making the $10 pasta add-on necessary, and preventing customers from ordering a la carte might actually raise check sizes, but who will be the wiser?
"Atmosphere? If anything, Stones Throw suffers from having too much space. Let's cut the square footage in half, dim the lights, and bump the volume. Our customers under 35 will love it."
"Food? Let's keep pitching fastballs. California classics, some nice seasonal pastas, and nostalgic desserts. It's a recipe for general admiration, if not particularly risky."
"Will it end up being boring? Maybe a little. But who cares? No one is going to be upset about a meal at Trestle. This is the kind of restaurant people go to again and again, even if the same kind of food is being served at twenty other places around town.
"Thanks for your time. We'll be expecting term sheets by the end of the day."
Best thing we've had here. Since the menu changes nightly, we can't say it's likely this will be available when you go. Just in case — know that this is the thing to get.
This gnudi had nice cheese flavor, but the eggplant that came with it was mediocre.
Pasta filled with meat! Very widely loved. Not exciting, or at least this was not an exciting version. See a theme?
The shroomy flavor brought this chicken to the next level. Our second-favorite to the corn soup.
Like most whitefish preparations, healthy but nearly insipid.
Any time you're considering going out too far on a limb, Trestle is there to rein you back in to your childhood favorites.