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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Gary Danko is a taste of a fancier, older San Francisco you’re probably not used to. Fortunately, it’s a very delicious taste.
The Italian Homemade Company
The Italian Homemade Company in North Beach is a great and easy spot to drop into for homemade pasta.
This low-key Asian-American restaurant in North Beach serves delicious seasonal dishes and fresh seafood.
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Che Fico, on the edge of NoPa, serves excellent Italian food in an impressively designed space.
Down to talk loudly and eat a ton of burrata in the Mission? Get yourself to Beretta for excellent Italian small plates.
Che Fico Alimentari
Che Fico Alimentari in Nopa is a lot smaller and darker than its older sibling restaurant upstairs, but the Italian food is just as good.
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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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