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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Tony Nik’s is an old-school bar in North Beach that’s great to sit at when you’re waiting for your table at Tony’s Pizza next door.
Mr. Bings in Russian Hill is a classic dive serving nice cocktails and cheap beer in a space that your dad and uncles will love.
Il Casaro Pizzeria & Mozzarella Bar
You must get the burrata when you eat at (or order from) Il Casaro in North Beach.
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We can always rely on Cotogna in the Financial District for an excellent upscale Italian meal.
Ristorante Parma is an Italian restaurant in the Marina serving classics in a casual atmosphere.
Zachary’s Chicago Pizza
This East Bay institution has been making excellent Chicago-style deep-dish pizza since 1983.
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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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