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Apr 11, 2007 09:11 PM

Best italian restaurant for Pasta in SF

Hi Hounds, I am in search of the most delecious pasta dishes in SF for Sat. night. I am thinking Restaurant Milano but is there a better restaurant for what I am on the hunt for or am I spot on? Thank you for your help in advance. Cheers, MW

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  1. I haven't been to Milano lately.

    Incanto, A16, La Ciccia, Antica Trattoria, and Delfina have great pasta.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Has anyone noticed if any of these restaurants serve gnocchi alla romana or orecchiette? I have yet to find either in the bayarea.

      1. re: Porthos

        For the gnocchi, I know that Chiaroscuro has it (I haven't tried it and I don't know if they have found their footing yet). Orecchiette I had at Ideale; others liked it, me not so much. They also serve them at Caffe delle Stelle, not my fave resto but who knows? Maybe they do this dish well...

        1. re: chaddict

          Chaddict and Melanie, how was the orecchiette prepared? With sweet sausage and rapini or in a tomato sauce...

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Sounds like a horrible version of orecchiette and pasta in general.

            2. re: Porthos

              Ideale-rabe; Caffe delle Stelle-potatoes and sage, IIRC.

          1. re: Porthos

            I've had orecchiette at Eccolo in Berkeley and Pizza Azzuro in Napa, neither version did much for me.

            1. re: Porthos

              Zuni used to have gnocchi alla romana fairly often, baked with cheese and butter, like the Marcella Hazan recipe. Haven't seen it on recent visits, now they usually have potato gnocchi.

              I've had good orecchiette at Incanto, A16, and Oliveto, variously with bitter greens or sausage.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                I'm partial to the bitter greens/sausage versions myself. Please post the next time you see either available at any of the 3 restaurants. It's a shame Zuni stopped their alla romana. Maybe the demand wasn't there?

          2. I'd listen to Robert.

            1. Quince has the best pasta I've ever tasted. By far.

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              1. re: Paul H

                Second Quince. Delfina's great too, I love the pastas but think other things on the menu really star. Milano is also a great choice. Not all of their pasta is homemade, so you need to ask.

                1. re: Ken Hoffman

                  Quince, all the way...they have this ravioli with egg in it. TO DIE FOR.

                  1. re: christineb

                    if you like ravioli with egg in it - you should try the bacon and egg ravioli at two (previously hawthorne lane), so good!

                2. FWIW: The best gnocchi I've ever had (and I've spent plenty of time in Italy) was at A16. I don't mean the sauce. But the gnocchi themsevles -- never better.