San Francisco Food: Best Italian Restaurants

Last week, we listed SF’s best burgers neighborhood. This week, we have something for Italian cuisine lovers! As usual we did some research and then more research to put this list together.

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Acquerello (Russian Hill)
Two decades old, Acquerello still seems as young and fresh and cool as ever. Although, do prepare to shell out serious cash when dining here.

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Capannina (Cow Hollow)
Try the squid ink risotto topped with caramelized scallops, you won’t be sorry.

Quince (Financial District)
Awesomely renovated Quince is quite the destination for some who’s who of SF. Word of warning: It’s now only prix fixe.

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Locanda (The Mission) 
Rome-centric Locanda surely deserves to be on this list. But its sister-restaurant Delfina Delfina is also quite popular.

Flour + Water (The Mission) 
Ready for a long line? You should be. Also, do a round up of names of different kinds of pasta before you leave.

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La Ciccia (Noe Valley)
Try…the…salted and cured Bottarga. Oh and it comes with spaghetti.

SPQR (Lower Pacific Heights)
Chef Matthew Accarrino got his pasta work down to a T. Prepare to see pastas you don’t know the name of.

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Trattoria Contandina (North Beach)
Don’t let the clubby steakhouse facade fool you. Step in and give it a try.

Do you have recommendations of your own? Let us know!

San Francisco Food: Best Neighborhood Burgers

San Francisco with its diverse cultural make up is definitely a great foodie city to live in. In Part 1 of this food series, we have researched the places by neighborhood, to go to when you got a hankering for a burger.

The Castro– Starbelly’s Doc’s Way Burger. Because why not top it with foie gras?

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Civic Center– Zuni Cafe’s Burger has gained popularity through you know, ranking one of the Best Burgers in America. Check out Epicurious.

Cow Hollow/Marina– Umami. True to its name, the flavor at Umami is simply indescribable. Try the Truffle Burger or if you dare, The Manly with bacon lardons.

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Embarcadero- Gott’s Roadside. Want something simple but don’t want to settle for fastfood? Try Gott’s. Although don’t be fooled, there will always be a line.

Financial District- Wayfare Tavern. Because bacon.

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Inner Richmond- The Corner Store’s Niman Ranch chuck and well, bacon jam. BACON. JAM.

Inner Sunset- Jenny’s Burger. You can have it with beets. If you’re into that stuff.

Nob Hill- Grubstake Diner. The burger, and most of everything here will satisfy your late-night cravings.

Noe Valley- Horner’s Corner. Go for the classic!

North Beach– Park Tavern’s infamous Marlowe Burger with bits of lamb ground in the patty.

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Potrero– Chez Maman’s Basic Burger is not so basic.

Presidio- Spruce and its English muffin burger.

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Russian Hill- Street Restaurant. Try their Street Burger. Caution: people say it’s huge!

Union Square- Hubert Keller’s Burger Bar. You know, renowned chef, also owner of Fleur De Lys. No biggie. The Kobe Burger is absolutely amazing. Have one on a window seat with a full view of Union Square.

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There you have it folks. Do you recommend any from your own neighborhood? Let us know!

San Francisco in the Movies.

Scenic, check. Diverse, check. Iconic, you bet. Forget about big manufactured studio sets. San Francisco is an amazing backdrop for the silver screen. Here’s a list of some movies set in our beautiful city.

Big Trouble in Little China– This Kurt Russell classic was shot in Chinatown!

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Milk– Look out for the Civic Center and Castro scenes!

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Escape from Alcatraz– Well, it’s Alcatraz!

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Rise and Dawn of The Planet of the Apes– Not the bridge!

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Mrs Doubtfire- Robbie Williams shot most of this movie in Pacific Heights!

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Got you started? Want to know more? Better yet, watch full scenes here. Happy watching and let us know if we missed any of your favorites!

Rebecca’s Tips: Rainy Days in SF

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Rain is something the city doesn’t experience too often. When San Franciscans say rain, it could be anywhere from a heavy mist enough to coat the ground wet to slight drizzling to sometimes well, a pour.

Because of this scarcity, a rainy day isn’t really something most of us prepare for. Here are Rebecca’s tips for SF rainy day activities:

Watch a Foreign or Independent Film

With a very selective taste in movies to show plus what we hear are very comfortable seats, visit the Landmark Embarcadero.

Get or Stay Active

Visit Planet Granite at the heart of The Presidio. Go climbing or bouldering with views of Crissy Field. Enjoy 25,000 sqft of fitness equipment and activities including climbing, cardio and yoga.

Science! 

With a multitude of hands-on activities, The Exploratorium is somewhere you can spend tons of hours on a rainy day. Located at Embarcadero and Green St, you know you can follow up this location with a lot more others whether it’s restaurants, shops or recreation.

Meditate 

Located at the top of Nob Hill, Grace Cathedral is a sight to see whether you’re religious or not. This iconic structure houses an indoor labyrinth which is meant to be meditative. Try to allot at least 30 minutes to go through the labyrinth surrounded by beautiful architecture. Plus, there’s a gift shop at basement level.

Learn New Cooking Techniques

Want to learn the art of dumplings? Maybe you’re more of a pastry person and want to expand your knowledge on cake decorating or chocolate techniques? Or maybe you want to start eating healthier and in need of gluten-free or organic preparations. Stop by San Francisco Cooking School. They have a variety of classes led by industry-respected instructors.

Go Wine Tasting 

From SF to Treasure Island, we don’t really have a shortage of wine tasting rooms. Indulge by yourself, with a partner or friends!

Shop

With a variety of shopping establishments often housing +-50 retail shops, you will never run out of things to buy or look at. Consider The Westfield, Pier 1, Stonestown Galleria and more!

Stay In and Relax

Go ahead and get up just a tad bit later. Binge on Netflix shows. Read a book. Just enjoy the rain. Afterall, it’s not going to last forever.