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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A solid North Beach brunch option, which, get this: actually takes reservations. Don’t sleep on Park Tavern.
Hit up Barrio in North Beach for a few beers and some tacos with a friend or impromptu date.
This low-key Asian-American restaurant in North Beach serves delicious seasonal dishes and fresh seafood.
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La Ciccia is a Sardinian restaurant in Noe Valley with excellent pasta. Be sure to make a reservation.
The Italian Homemade Company
For a casual last-minute dinner in the Marina, The Italian Homemade Co. is a solid option.
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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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