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Anyone been to il borgo? I'm going to the Ballet (at the Opera House) and I want to go to an Italian place closeby first. If not Il Borgo, any other ideas?

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  1. Hi there: I've never heard of or been to Il Borgo. Sorry. But thank you for pointing it out to me, as I work near there.

    I can, though, highly recommend Caffe Delle Stelle on Hayes and Gough. It's moderately priced and I think very good. I've had great pasta dishes there as well as fish. Their specials often feature home-made pasta, though I don't think that's true of all their dishes. I also had one of the best soups there that I have ever had the pleasure of eating - pumpkin and white bean.

    If you go on an opera/ballet/symphony night you'll need reservations. It's always packed on those nights.

    1. I work near there too, and would love to know of a new place -- where's Il Borgo? I've never heard of it.

      1. It's on the corner of Fell and Laguna, 500 Fell. We were there soon after it was written up in The Chron, a year or more ago and it was good, but we haven't been back. It seemed a little far from the Opera House in terms of the time it took to walk there.

        Laurel's at 205 Oak (where Eliza's used to be)is a Cuban restaurant which was quite good. Haven't been there for a while, either.

        The ever-satisfying Hayes Street Grill, if you like fish, is quite close. You should try for a reservation although we've lucked out at 6:30 some times because a reservation holder hadn't shown up. At 6 o'clock management is still waiting; by 6:30 they realize they have room for a walk in. 7, of course, would be too late to make the curtain.

        But you asked about Il Borgo so I hope you enjoy it and let us know how it was.

        1. How about Caffe Delle Stella on Gough?

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            Zach Georgopoulos

            I know nothing of Il Borgo. Others have mentioned Cafe del Stelle, which is quite nice, but I'll put in a word for Stelline, just a few yards away up Gough. Very rustic Italian in both cuisine and atmosphere -- really good coteghino sausage with polenta.