You could walk past this place a million times thinking, “I’m not going in there, it’s for tourists.” Yes, it is smack in the middle of a lot of touristy Italian spots, and no, it doesn’t look too different from most of them. But it is. Walk in, pick your bread, and order a sandwich made from the wide variety of imported and Molinari-made cured meats. The Renzo and North Beach Special are particularly good.
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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.
Mamanoko serves sushi and Japanese small plates from their location in the Marina. We love the vegetable tempura fritters.
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Firenze by Night Ristorante
Firenze by Night is super old-school Italian in North Beach - in the very best way.
If you’re in Mission Bay, Casey’s Pizza is a great neighborhood spot for pizza and a beer.
Montesacro, in SOMA, does delicious oval-shaped “pinsas.” We recommend the ’njuda pinsa, the margherita, and the maranella.
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Saigon Sandwich’s Sandwiches are $4 and pack a punch. They’re the best affordable lunch in the game.
The Italian Homemade Company
The Italian Homemade Company in North Beach is a great and easy spot to drop into for homemade pasta.
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