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Sep 25, 2009 03:51 PM

North Beach

Heading to the bay this weekend. Want to go to North Beach. Any suggestions?

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  1. Yes, if you want Italian food, go elsewhere in the city...lots of Eyetalian in North Beach...

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    1. re: Husky

      I don't think that's quite fair. There are many good IT-alian places in NB, many much cheaper than Aqualerro, etc. While I think North Beach Rest is overpriced, it is very authentic SF Italain cuisine. Many peple find Capp's corner very SF.

      1. re: OldTimer

        Capp's is a nice old school place, well one of the few old school Italian places in NB. Also L'Osteria is very good for what it is, a small mom and pop place.

        L'Osteria del Forno
        519 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

        1. re: ML8000

          I agree on Capps. we were there last month, the veal milanese was very tender, the calimari steak dore' was also tender. Dinner is served family style. We ejoyed it very much and not that expensive either.

          Capp's Corner
          1600 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133

    2. Da Flora (Columbus) and Ristorante Ideale (Grant) are two of your better Italian options in NB.

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      1. re: DavidT

        What about Tommaso's? Haven't been, but hear generally good reports.

        The same applies for Albona, although that's definitely not traditional Italian

        And Tony's Pizza Napoletana (granted, a little less formal).

        The OP also never said anything about wanting Italian food in North Beach. There's The House, too.

        Ideale is good.

        Do not go to Mona Lisa. And while there are a few good places on Columbus, it's generally easier if you avoid Columbus, as well as any restaurant that has an employee outside that's singing, being overly aggressive, speaking with an Italian accent, or calling you "Bella"

        Oh, come to think of it, I also enjoy La Trappe.

      2. There are lots of tourist traps, but Old Timer is right, it's not fair to dismiss the whole area. Many good places to eat.

        New and notable is Tony's Pizza Napoletana. This places competes for the title of best pizza in the bay area.

        Here is a quick list of places to find good things to eat. Click the links to get the details and reviews on each.

        Mama's On Washington Square
        1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

        XOX Truffles
        754 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Capp's Corner
        1600 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Tommaso Ristorante Italiano
        1042 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Rose Pistola
        532 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133-2802

        Tony's Pizza Napoletana
        1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133