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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The Italian Homemade Company in North Beach is a great and easy spot to drop into for homemade pasta.
A solid North Beach brunch option, which, get this: actually takes reservations. Don’t sleep on Park Tavern.
Comstock Saloon is an old-school spot in North Beach serving great food and cocktails. Get the brussels sprouts.
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Del Popolo’s pizza is just as good at their brick and mortar Nob Hill spot as it is from their roving truck.
If you’re in Mission Bay, Casey’s Pizza is a great neighborhood spot for pizza and a beer.
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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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