Restaurants

Top Choice Italian in The Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf & the Piers

A16

Even before A16 won a James Beard Award, it was hard to book, but persevere: the housemade mozzarella burrata, blister-crusted pizzas from the wood-burning oven, and 12-page Italian wine list make it worth your whil…
Top Choice Italian in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Cotogna

Chef-owner Michael Tusk is racking up James Beard Awards for best chef, and you'll discover why: he balances a few pristine flavors in rustic pastas, woodfired pizzas and authentic Florentine steak. Reserve ahead or…
Italian in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Seven Hills

Chef Anthony Florian studied in California with some of the state's great chefs, and in Italy too. His market-driven menu showcases the best of both, with elegantly simple dishes, made with all-California olive oil…
Italian in Point Reyes Station

Osteria Stellina

This place specializes in rustic Italian cuisine made from locally sourced produce, including pizza and pasta dishes and Niman Ranch meats. For dessert, the water-buffalo-milk gelato is the way to go.
Italian in North Beach & Chinatown

Ristorante Ideale

Other North Beach restaurants fake Italian accents, but this trattoria has Italians in the kitchen, on the floor and at the table. Roman chef/owner Maurizio Bruschi serves authentic, al dente bucatini ammatriciana (…
Italian in North Beach & Chinatown

E' Tutto Qua

The Colosseum is 6000 miles from the corner of Columbus and Broadway, but you'll eat like a gladiator at E' Tutto Qua (translation: It's All Here). Boisterous Roman service and over-the-top decor create a party atmo…
Italian in The Mission & Potrero Hill

Locanda

Friends, Romans, San Franciscans – join the crowd for pizza bianca and prosciutto, scrumptious tripe melting into rich tomato-mint sauce, Roman fried artichokes and tender fried sweetbreads. Pasta dishes are less ad…
Italian in Nob Hill, Russian Hill & Fillmore

Venticello

To enter Venticello's two-story-high dining room, you descend via staircase – which may be why so many of the Nob Hill regulars dress up for this otherwise casual neighborhood Italian bistro: everyone sees you arriv…
Italian in San Jose

Original Joe’s

Waiters in bow ties flit about this busy 1950s San Jose landmark, serving standard Italian dishes to locals and conventioneers. The dining room is a curious but tasteful hodgepodge of '50s brick, contemporary wood p…