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 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 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…