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brycol1 Nov 6, 2009 07:03 PM

best itallian food in sf. moderatly priced in pac heights or north beach? here for the weekend and would love some help. thatnks so much!

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    vulber Nov 8, 2009 08:20 AM

    If you're willing to brave the cold at this time of year, you can almost always bypass the usual 1.5 to 2 hour wait at SPQR by requesting to sit at the (now always vacant) outside tables. Went for desserts and (Blue Bottle) coffee the other night; great place to people watch amongst bustling pac heights

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    SPQR
    1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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    1. re: vulber
      Robert Lauriston Nov 8, 2009 09:04 AM

      SPQR now takes reservations (online only):

      http://www.spqrsf.com/reservations

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      SPQR
      1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

    2. farmersdaughter Nov 7, 2009 09:28 AM

      Capannina on Union Street is another good choice that's fairly close to Pac Heights. Very good food, nice room and warm service.

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      Capannina
      1809 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

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        DandySF Nov 7, 2009 06:40 AM

        During the past few years I've been enjoying a North Beach Italian restaurant that appears to be full of locals, which is a noteworthy detail for this part of town. It's called Ideale and is located on Grant Ave. The pastas and pizzas are very good. The Italian staff and proprietor create a warm and welcoming environment.

        Aaron
        http://www.thesluicebox.com

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        Ideale
        1315 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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        1. re: DandySF
          baron45 Nov 7, 2009 07:28 AM

          I had an excellent dinner at SPQR last week. Several atypical dishes that worked well. Try the pork belly appetizer and the skate cheeks, as well as the veal sweetbreads.

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          SPQR
          1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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          whiner Nov 7, 2009 05:30 AM

          North Beach: L'Osteria del Forno. No credit cards, no reservations. One oven. Incredible pork roast, my favorite pizza in the city (try the porcini and the salami), awesome appetizers (I love the roasted beets, the grilled radicchio and the speck).

          If you are willing to leave Pac Heights and North Beach, my favorite moderately priced (ok, moderately expensive) Italian restaurant in the city is Perbacco. Also, I've been hearing some great things about 54 Mint, but I've not been.

          Other good options include:
          Delfina (Northern, Mission)
          A16 (Southern, Marina, hven't been since founding chef left, but hear it is still good)
          SPQR (Roman, Pac Heights, not been, same people as A16)
          Incanto (Cal-Italian, offal, Noe Valley)
          La Ciccia (Sardinian, Noe Valley)

          http://www.losteriadelforno.com/
          http://www.perbaccosf.com/
          http://54mint.com/54_Mint_Wine_Bar_Vineria_-_Ristorante_-_Alimentari/54_Mint.html
          http://www.delfinasf.com/home.html
          http://www.a16sf.com/
          http://www.spqrsf.com/
          http://www.incanto.biz/
          http://www.laciccia.com/

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          La Ciccia
          291 30th Street, San Francisco, CA 94131

          Perbacco
          230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          A16
          2355 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123

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

          Delfina Restaurant
          3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          SPQR
          1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

          54 Mint
          54 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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          1. re: whiner
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            bobpantzer Nov 7, 2009 07:46 AM

            whiner's list is right on and would mirror my own. Perbacco and SPQR would be my favorites on that list.

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            Perbacco
            230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            SPQR
            1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

            1. re: whiner
              Robert Lauriston Nov 7, 2009 10:14 AM

              Good list. I'd call Delfina Cal-Italian. SPQR just had a chef change and a pretty radical menu change, so past reports might be somewhat misleading, though with the same owners and sommelier I expect the quality's still very high.

              Between North Beach and Pacific Heights there are also Antica Trattoria and Milano.

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              Delfina Restaurant
              3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Antica Trattoria
              2400 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

              Ristorante Milano
              1448 Pacific, San Francisco, CA 94109

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                whiner Nov 7, 2009 10:32 AM

                Re: Antica and Milano... both are ok, imo, with Antica the better of the two. Russian Hill actually has a lot of ok Italians. Contadina is pretty decent, but haven't been in over a year, despite it being two blocks from my apartment. Recently, when needing local (ie. within 6 blocks of my apt, which all of these places are) my go-to has been Amarena, which is never mentioned on these boards but which I might defend as currently the best Italian restaurant in Russian Hill. Still, it is not up to the other restaurants on my list, imo.

                http://www.amarenarestaurant.com/

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                Amarena Restaurant
                2162 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

                1. re: whiner
                  Robert Lauriston Nov 7, 2009 10:49 AM

                  Yeah, your list matches mine.

                  Note that due to the tiny kitchen L'Osteria does not have pasta except usually one baked dish such as lasagne or cannelloni.

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                    bobpantzer Nov 7, 2009 11:23 AM

                    We went to Amarena for the first time last Saturday and liked it a lot. I don't understand why it doesn't get mentioned more often. Maybe I'm glad it doesn't get mentioned more often. Friendly staff and owner and kind of a romantic little place. We'll definitely return.

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                    Amarena Restaurant
                    2162 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

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