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Best San Francisco Italian Restaurant - Quiet

I am a foodie from Seattle coming to San Francisco and want to get your guys take on the best Italian Restaurant. My father in-law is losing his hearing so a quieter place is better. I know that quiet and Italian do not always go together but hey, lets give it a shot. What we like is neighborhood places, not too fancy or expensive and with a great but affordable wine list. Please let me know your recommendations and if you want to know the best of Seattle let me know. Cioa!!

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  1. Perbacco is ver nice but on the slightly pricier side....Delfina in the Mission is a great neighborhood spot but it gets boisterous.

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    Perbacco
    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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    1. re: vis

      Hi Vis,
      I really liked the looks of Delfina. How noisy does it get? Thank you so much for your ideas.

    2. Acquerello.

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      Acquerello Restaurant
      1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

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      1. re: Husky

        Acquerello is certainly quiet (and certainly very good), but it is also likely the most expensive Italian restaurant in town. It is much more a special occasion place than a neighborhood place.

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        Acquerello Restaurant
        1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

      2. Perbacco is very good, but I think it's very loud when it's busy. I have some friends who had a quieter table at lunch one day, which was somewhere in the back (or maybe upstairs), so that might work.

        Aqcuerello is fine-dining Italian, and as such is a more subdued (quiet) atmosphere. But the menu may not be what you have in mind, as it's definitely fine dining and not more commonplace pasta or meat dishes. But it is excellent!!

        Venticello (on Russian Hill) is not terribly noisy, although quality is a bit iffy.

        Amarena (on the western slope of Russian Hill) is a quaint neighborhood Italian, which is good but not fancy, and can be very quiet if it's not busy (midweek, other than Thursday, as I think they have some sort of event each Thursday).

        Da Flora in North Beach is a Venetian restaurant, which is usually fairly quiet (again, it's very small).

        And Albona is an Istrian restaurant between North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf that is usually quiet.

        The last three are all relatively small, casual, neighborhood restaurants. For more upscale "downtown" choices, I'm not sure how noisy Luce or Ducca get (borth are South of Market, a quick cab from Union Square, both in hotels).

        You should book a very early dinner time on an "off" night, as the emptier these restaurants are, the quieter they'll be. Unfortunately, in SF, it's hard to get a quiet restaurant outside of the fine dining realm. My late Dad was deaf, so I had the same problem. We actually found that loud restaurants worked better to some extent, as I could bellow in his ear without disturbing the neighboring table!

        Susan

        PS - Restaurant reviews on www.sfgate.com include a noise symbol to give you a relative idea.

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        Ducca
        50 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

        Perbacco
        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

        Acquerello Restaurant
        1722 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94109

        Amarena Restaurant
        2162 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

        Da Flora
        701 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

        Venticello
        1257 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

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        1. re: waldrons

          Aquerello was my first thought when I read "Best San Francisco Italian Restaurant - Quiet," but it's also one of the most expensive restaurants in town.

          1. re: waldrons

            Luce has well-spaced tables and the dining area is far from the noise of the bar. If you go, the Sweetbread and Beef Tongue, Egg, Pancetta Jus and Potato “Espuma” appetizer is heavenly. Another plated beauty is the Bone Marrow And Gnocchi, Lobster - it's listed as a Pasta - but consider it a small appetizer. Chef Dominique Crenn earns her Michelin star and offers a $60 Michelin prix fixe. This is NOT as requested: "neighborhood places, not too fancy or expensive and with a great but affordable wine list"
            http://www.lucewinerestaurant.com/men...
            http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...
            http://blogs.sfweekly.com/foodie/2009...

            Luce
            888 Howard Street
            San Francisco, CA 94103
            (415) 616-6566

            1. re: waldrons

              Thank you for the tips and the sfgate.com recommendation. That has been helpful on the noise symbols. What do you know about Delfina? Thanks.

              1. re: seanthree

                Delfina is my favorite restaurant in SF but it is incredibly noisy. Not a good place for one who is hard of hearing.

            2. What do people think about Baccho's in Noe Valley?
              I haven't been there in several years.

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              1. re: escargot3

                Me either, but if I remember correctly they have a couple of dining rooms and one is small and relatively quiet.

                Incanto's back room is quiet (front can be very noisy), though sometimes it's taken over by private parties.

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                Ristorante Bacco
                737 Diamond Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

                1. re: escargot3

                  Ristorante Bacco's food is completely undistinguished and pretty expensive for what you actually get. It wasn't awful, but there are 2 dozen other places I would rather go first.

                  Incanto's back room is what came to mind for me; if the OP explains the concern to the reservation person, I'd imagine Incanto would be able to say whether or not they could guarantee a table back there.

                  Perbacco's upstairs room is quieter than the main restaurant, and probably another option.

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                  Perbacco
                  230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                  Ristorante Bacco
                  737 Diamond Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

                  1. re: escargot3

                    And more specifically, has anyone been there since the owner died? That was in April 09.

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/612413

                    1. re: BernalKC

                      Gosh, now I feel awful. I'm pretty sure it was in April or May when I was there. For what it's worth, we didn't have the risotto, so maybe the menu still has the standbys that have made so many happy over the years.

                  2. I don't think Perbacco is quiet, although the food is delicious.

                    Da Flora and Ristorante Ideale in North Beach are both very quiet, and both have great food.

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                    Perbacco
                    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                    Ideale
                    1315 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

                    Da Flora
                    701 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133