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cheap good Italian in North Beach?

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I know you all don't overwhelmingly love the Italian places in North Beach, but I'll ask anyway--

favorite cheap Italian (especially pasta) places?

If you don't answer me I'm going to Pasta Pomodoro.

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  1. If you're looking for pasta, this recent thread with a report back on Caffe Puccini may help -
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    1. My favorite is Panta Rei. Really good fresh pasta. Prices are very reasonable. I love the green pasta with duck in pink sauce ($11.95).

      http://www.pantareirestaurant.com/

      1. Ristorante Franchino on Columbus is fantastic. Their special penne pasta with veal and chicken is pure bliss and Franchino and his wife add charm to great food.

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        1. re: cas2410

          Does Francesco still sing every night?

        2. L'Osteria del Forno is good and cheap, but not a place for pasta.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I agree with you, but their baked pasta isn't bad at all. Just not primarily a "pasta" place, and that is the only pasta choice.

            1. re: lmnopm

              Right, that's what I meant.

          2. bocce cafe... they have live music on fri and sat nights, not to mention valet parking. I remember their seafood canneloni being great.