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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

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