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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Head to Il Pollaio in North Beach for a casual weeknight dinner and make sure to get the chargrilled chicken.
Vesuvio Cafe is a piece of San Francisco history, but unlike most museums, this place makes great cocktails.
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Ristorante Parma is an Italian restaurant in the Marina serving classics in a casual atmosphere.
Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack
Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack in Bernal Heights does amazing old-school Italian in a space that feels like a 1990s time capsule.
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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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