People always say that North Beach has the most authentic Italian food in the city. Usually those people are old, resentful of yuppies and the tech bubble, and stand a little too close to you on Muni, but that doesn’t make them wrong. Every single pasta on the menu is ridiculously good, so find a bunch of friends who are willing to share (or at least historically easy to pilfer from).
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Trestle is a go-to date night restaurant - simple food, upbeat surroundings, and a streamlined menu will get the job done.
Trattoria Contadina in North Beach serves fantastic pasta in a warm and welcoming setting.
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Che Fico, on the edge of NoPa, serves excellent Italian food in an impressively designed space.
Sorrel is an upscale California-Italian place in Pac Heights that’s designed to impress, even if they do everything a little too by the book.
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Delarosa is a neighborhood institution in the Marina for pizza, salads, and epic people watching.
The Californian-Mediterranean food at Lark in the Castro might be geographically inaccurate, but it tastes pretty great.
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