Where To Get Some Pasta And A Glass Of Wine By Yourself
Eating carbohydrates by yourself is a beautiful thing. Here’s where to do it.
It’s really pretty simple. Some nights, all we want is to sit at the bar, alone, and order a bowl of pasta and a glass of wine. It’s one of life’s greatest combinations, and a type of self-care that’s hard to beat (no offense, baths). Still, when you’re looking for the perfect place, there are some factors that guarantee success: a relaxed atmosphere, a nice bar where you can sit, and, of course, great pastas and wines by the glass. Here are 11 great options.
Cotogna in the Financial District works for many situations: team dinners, sexy little date nights, and celebrations with friends in honor of you finally buying that cute bed frame. But the Italian restaurant is also built for walking up to the bar and settling in with a face-sized raviolo and some wine. The pastas are our favorite things on the menu, from the aforementioned raviolo stuffed with ricotta and a gooey egg yolk to the triangoli filled with silky smooth corn puree. If you can’t narrow them down to just one dish, we fully endorse getting two.
Itria is a Mission spot with excellent pastas and crudos. But it’s also a great option for the next time you need to escape your overly-chatty roommate and be truly alone for the night. Their airy, bustling space has a long bar that’s available first come, first served. Grab a seat and sip on some wine while getting into a bowl of house-made pasta—we like the gramigna with tender pork and beef ragu.
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It’s been a long day of deciphering whether your coworkers were being passive-aggressive to you on Slack or if that’s just how they type. Sounds like you’re in the market for pasta, wine, and some serious alone time. Pearl 6101 in the Richmond and their bar is here for you. Bar seats are reserved for walk-ins, so you can drop in, get cozy over a plate of handkerchief pasta with white bolognese, and people watch from your perch.
Romanticizing your life while sitting solo at Nopa’s bar is practically a rite of passage in this city. The classic SF restaurant is one of the first places we send people who are new to town—it’s laid-back, inviting, and has excellent food that works well for any occasion. They save room up at the bar for walk-ups, so you can twirl their pappardelle bolognese around your fork while contemplating how you’ll someday furnish your imaginary Pac Heights mansion.
The Italian Homemade Company
For a more casual bar and pasta situation, hit up The Italian Homemade Company. The Cow Hollow location has bar seating and wine by the glass or bottle, and the pastas hover around $15, making them some of the less expensive options on this list (plus, the portions are big). You can mix and match sauces, but our go-to is the pappardelle with bolognese or the tortellini with butter and sage.
Ernest is one of the hottest restaurants in the city. But the Mission spot also accepts bar walk-ins, making it almost too easy to casually swing by on a random weeknight—especially if you want to sit alone and scroll through your ex’s Twitter likes in peace. And you should, if only to get the single pasta on the menu: a decadent uni carbonara. It's honestly kind of a power move, and one you should definitely consider making some time soon.
Note: Barzotto is temporarily closed.
Barzotto mainly serves pasta and wine, so we are contractually obligated to include it on this guide. But that’s not hard to do, since the noodle-centric dishes at this Mission spot are incredible. We love the spaghetti and meatballs, and the bucatini with spicy tomato sauce and guanciale that you’ll be very glad you’re not sharing with someone else. Hunker down on one of the wooden barstools while you nurse a $10 glass of house red and contemplate buying a one-way ticket to the Italian countryside.
This Marina spot is always packed with dates, groups of friends, and servers whizzing by with plates of arancini while belting songs in Italian. And this energetic environment makes Roma Antica exactly where we like to unwind after a long week—or distract ourselves from the fact that our roommate's new foster puppy just barfed all over the floor. Slide into a seat at the bar, order a plate of carbonara and a glass of pinot noir, and try to determine which of the waiters has perfect pitch.
Che Fico Alimentari
If you’re desperately in need of comfort in the form of carbs and cheese, and want an experience that’s chicer than eating boxed Annie’s straight out of the pot, swing by Che Fico Alimentari in NoPa. Seats at the bar are available first come, first served, so you’ll have a bowl of their fantastic rigatoni amatriciana in front of you in no time. And you’ll definitely leave feeling much better about getting through the rest of the week.
Emmy's Spaghetti Shack
The Italian American spot in Bernal Heights has tons of fun, eclectic decorations like a giant horse mural, cheetah-print tables, and colorful hand-drawn menus. In other words, come here if you need to be cheered up after a sh*tty day, preferably over a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. The servings are huge, too, so you’ll probably head home after and immediately crash on the couch.
We come to Beretta’s Mission and Divisadero spots for the pizzas, pastas, and appetizers that are mostly under $20. Their pastas aren’t the most mind-blowing in the city, but when all we want to do is scream into a bowl of carbs, anything will do (the butternut squash cappellacci with sweet brown butter is a great choice). Plus, the friendly bartenders, great Happy Hour deals, and lively energy make Beretta a better place to spend Friday nights than our couch.