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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Golden Boy Pizza in North Beach sells inexpensive, filling pizza slices worth waiting in line for.
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in North Beach has nearly every style of pizza you can ask for all under one roof.
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Down to talk loudly and eat a ton of burrata in the Mission? Get yourself to Beretta for excellent Italian small plates.
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.
A16 turns out some of the best pizza in San Francisco. The small plates are close to perfect, and you can actually get a reservation. There’s no catch. Just go.
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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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