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Tra Vigne (the name means "among the vines") is the product of wine country royalty. Michael Chiarello made his name there and Cindy Pawlcyn had a hand in designing the menu, and it has become an u... read more
Locals flock to reliably rich, low-key South Bay Italian eatery. Owners have roots with former SF mayor Moscone. Pseudo "rustic" environment is pleasant enough with no harsh lights or mood music to... read more
Why wrestle with North Beach parking demons when there’s this Hayes Valley classic complete with checkered tablecloths, Chianti bottles with candles, and Italian murals. The only thing missing is F... read more
Greenwich Village brick exterior, sophisticated inside with open kitchen in back, plus old school foosball table. Buzzing wine bar serves well-to-do neighborhood newlyweds and pals out to prove the... read more
North Beach–caliber Italian that somehow got separated from the flock. So old school it's the kinda place where Frank and Dean would've dined. Homemade pasta, veal and lamb chops, possibly the best... read more
Overly moussed males, technophiles, and high-class hipsters collide in this beloved Mission District fave that’s won more awards than Titanic. Art-house backdrop, seasonal Italian menu based on fre... read more
It’s Mamma Mia!, Trenchtown Rock, and Petticoat Junction all in one! Tin roof ceiling, vintage aprons on a clothesline, reggae and dancehall on the decks, scribbled menus. Rasta lovers and dot-com ... read more
Half a century of bohemian history endows this coffeehouse with undeniable cred. Papa Gianni came over from the old country in 1951, kids and grandkids carry on tradition of brewing espresso that w... read more
While the sheep eat at The Stinking Rose, you’re having true SF experience at Capp’s. Get harangued by the weathered, wisecracking waitresses while dining family-style on osso buco and veal tortell... read more
Some restaurants have style, but this petite corner place has soul. Dig the lush red décor and oh-so-Italian aromas wafting from the kitchen and down Columbus Street. Owner Flora is a hoot, but don... read more
Remember, it’s not a chain, it’s a “multi-location” establishment. Reliable, high-quality Italian standards, freshly made pastas, pizzas and meats from the wood-fired oven. Best known for their exc... read more
Best small Italian joint in North Beach. Waiting for one of 28 seats can take forever, and they don’t take reservations. All is forgiven the second you bite into the warm focaccia bread, thin-crust... read more
Beloved little old-timer right across from Washington Square Park, proudly serving up crisp focaccia sandwiches, bubbling baked pasta, perfectly thin pizzas and handmade biscotti since before you w... read more
Proof you can burn bright as the hottest new restaurant in town and still be around seven years later. Rose Pistola has triumphed against the odds and is now considered a North Beach institution. S... read more
This place was calling itself a trattoria before anyone else in this country knew what that meant. Basic, mom-and-pop Italian-American comfort food: veal piccata, spaghetti and meatballs, tossed gr... read more
Who says there’s no good pizza in San Francisco? Oak-fired brick oven cranks out some of the tastiest thin-crust pies anywhere since 1935. Consistent Italian-American comfort food like fried calama... read more
Fancy-pants darling of the food critics, with grandparents dining room décor. Only 15 tables and smoking reputation, so good luck getting a reservation. Inspired Italian cooking from chef Michael T... read more
When the moon hits your eye like a plate of fried olives, that’s Sociale. Uber-romantic courtyard (heated, even), golden-hued dining room, hearty country fare. Tender braised short ribs atop perfec... read more
Bensonhurst by way of Nob Hill. Comfortable neighborhood classic with endless bowls of spaghetti alla carbonara, gnocchi bolognese, lasagna, and some garlic bread to bring it all home. Split person... read more
As the gaudy sign outside describes, this is a combination of Persi...
Surreal cocktailing in SoMa. Heady mix of gothic and steampunk deco...
With just 18 seats (plus 12 bar seats), exposed brick, unglaze...
Hakkasan takes its Cantonese cuisine west with signature swanky sty...
The storied New Orleans venue named after the legendary band has ma...