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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Comstock Saloon is an old-school spot in North Beach serving great food and cocktails. Get the brussels sprouts.
Trattoria Contadina in North Beach serves fantastic pasta in a warm and welcoming setting.
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The Italian Homemade Company
For a casual last-minute dinner in the Marina, The Italian Homemade Co. is a solid option.
Del Popolo’s pizza is just as good at their brick and mortar Nob Hill spot as it is from their roving truck.
We can always rely on Cotogna in the Financial District for an excellent upscale Italian meal.
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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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