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mjalz Jul 31, 2008 05:55 PM

My son has been cooped up at UC Berkely for several weeks and eating dorm food. We drove in from L.A. to pick him up and he is having a Pasta attack. He wants real good genuine Italian pasta tomorrow night. We are staying in the financial district in downtown San Francisco. We need your local help. All of us are foodies and price is not a consideration!

  1. JasmineG Jul 31, 2008 09:07 PM

    Take him to Dopo in Oakland, that way he'll have great pasta and an option in the East Bay.

    1. Sarah Jul 31, 2008 08:30 PM

      What kind of pasta does he have in mind. Plain old 'sgetti with red sauce (+meatballs), clam, pesto, lasagna????

      1. Robert Lauriston Jul 31, 2008 07:40 PM

        My favorites are Olvieto in Oakland and Incanto in SF. In the FiDi, Perbacco. You could probably get a reservation at any of those on short notice. A16, La Ciccia, and Quince are probably booked up.

        A couple of "best pasta" discussions:


        1. steve h. Jul 31, 2008 06:50 PM

          pasta at perbacco is very good. i'm guessing it's less than a five-minute walk from your hotel.

          1. Carrie 218 Jul 31, 2008 06:27 PM

            Vivande on Fillmore for the best fettuccine in the city which can be had immediately; otherwise you are waiting a month to get into Quince.

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            1. re: Carrie 218
              liujenny Jul 31, 2008 11:59 PM

              I love the pasta at Perbacco and Quince. However, I do agree that Quince will be impossible to get into on Friday night. Dopo is a good choice too, except I really think their pizzas are the best. Another Berkeley option might be Trattoria la Siciliana (cash only), but if you get there early enough, you might not have to wait!

              1. re: liujenny
                Robert Lauriston Aug 1, 2008 09:23 AM

                Dopo's one of my favorite Italian restaurants, but the wait can be long (no reservations) and they don't offer much choice of pasta dishes, maybe three per night.

                1. re: liujenny
                  wolfe Aug 1, 2008 10:10 AM

                  Trattoria la Siciliana now takes reservations for parties of 4 or more. There must be another pasta needy student to fill up the table.

                  1. re: wolfe
                    junesix Aug 1, 2008 02:12 PM

                    Also a big fan of Trattoria la Siciliana. It was my go-to Italian when I was a student and I still swing by from time to time. There's a bit of a wait and it can get a bit noisy but the food has always been exceptional. And he'll be able to come back with his friends.

                    Trattoria La Siciliana
                    2993 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

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