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Red Sauce Italian with Booths?

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vliang Apr 8, 2011 10:10 AM

Looking for a place like this in SF. Know of any?

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  1. Windy RE: vliang Apr 8, 2011 10:17 AM

    No booths but the right food: Il Borgo or La Traviata

    Pi bar has meatballs and spaghetti with a couple of small booths but is really a bar.

    booths and a lot of garlic: Gaspare's pizza

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    Il Borgo
    500 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

    La Traviata
    2854 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Gaspare Pizza House
    5546 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121

    Pi Bar
    1432 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: Windy
      Annie S. RE: Windy Apr 8, 2011 12:29 PM

      La Traviata definitely had some booths last time I was there (which was some years ago). They show on Yelp photos.

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      La Traviata
      2854 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. re: Annie S.
        Robert Lauriston RE: Annie S. Apr 8, 2011 12:43 PM

        La Traviata used to be the other kind of Italian restaurant, what they used to call "northern Italian," i.e. they specialized in fresh egg pasta in cream sauce and didn't use a lot of tomatoes. Though looking at the menu on menupages.com these days they seem to be 50-50.

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        La Traviata
        2854 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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          Windy RE: Annie S. Apr 8, 2011 07:26 PM

          They have long padded seats against the wall. If you sit in the corner, you might call it a booth, but it's not like the booths at Gaspare's.

          We had quite a good dinner at La Traviata recently.

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          La Traviata
          2854 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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          bigwheel042 RE: Windy Apr 8, 2011 02:13 PM

          Is the non-pizza food any good at Pi Bar? I was very unimpressed by the pizza and would much rather have eaten at the nearby Arizmendi, Pizza Di Mano, or Escape From New York.

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          Pizza Di Mano
          3331 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          1. re: bigwheel042
            Robert Lauriston RE: bigwheel042 Apr 8, 2011 02:22 PM

            Quality of pizza aside, those are slice places, not the kind of restaurants this topic is about.

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              bigwheel042 RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 8, 2011 02:30 PM

              Right, I'm just saying that if their pizza wasn't any good (and was in fact significantly worse than other slice joints within two blocks), I'm not expecting their pasta to be any good either without some reports to the contrary.

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              Windy RE: bigwheel042 Apr 8, 2011 07:24 PM

              I haven't had the pasta, but the meatballs looked good (available as sandwiches as well as on top of spaghetti). Caesar salad was quite decent.

              The slices are what they are: a certain kind of NY slice. Reminds me of what I ate in college. Not in the same class as Rotten City, but it's a good neighborhood bar.

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                mariacarmen RE: Windy Apr 8, 2011 07:26 PM

                i think they get the crust right, but i've never had a slice that had any flavor at all. (it gets delivered a lot for patrons to share at a neighborhood bar.) always have to doctor it up with parm & lots of dried chili flakes. and i realize it's stupid to keep eating something i don't like, but it's free, and late at night with a cocktail and a pool table...

          2. Robert Lauriston RE: vliang Apr 8, 2011 10:33 AM

            Except for the location, Bertolucci's is probably exactly what you're looking for. Nothing like it in SF that I know of.

            Tommaso's, but only the pizza is good, and to get a booth you probably have to have a party of four and wait an hour.

            Ceasar's, but the food is very hit and miss.

            Sam's Grill is sort of Italian and has booths.

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            Sam's Grill & Sea Food Restaurant
            374 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94104

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

            Sodini's Bertoluccis Ristorante
            421 Cypress Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080

            Caesar's Italian Restaurant
            2299 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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              alina555 RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 14, 2011 07:27 AM

              +1 on Bertolucci's rec. It wad the first place I thought of when I read this thread.

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              DavidT RE: vliang Apr 8, 2011 11:03 AM

              You could try the Gold Mirror (Traval & 18th Avenue) or Marcello's (Traval & 31st Avenue). I think both places still have some booths.

              If you wanted to venture a little further, try Joe's of Westlake in Daly City.

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                ducky RE: vliang Apr 8, 2011 01:26 PM

                Sodini's very near Grant & Green in North Beach. They don't take reservations, but it's good old school Italian.

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                Sodini's
                510 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: ducky Apr 8, 2011 01:43 PM

                  Sodini's used to be Green Valley. It's old-school North Beach Italian, which isn't East Coast red sauce Italian. I don't think it's quite as old-school NB as Capp's Corner.

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

                  Sodini's
                  510 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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                    Gustavo Glenmorangie RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 8, 2011 05:29 PM

                    Isn't it Sodini's whose window proudly boasts "No reservations. No desserts. No credit cards."? Seriously old-school. North Beach or otherwise.

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                    Sodini's
                    510 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

                    1. re: Gustavo Glenmorangie
                      Robert Lauriston RE: Gustavo Glenmorangie Apr 8, 2011 05:47 PM

                      Sodini's isn't as old-school as Green Valley was before the Sodinis took over—which is probably for the best, since, with the sole exception of Capp's Corner, all the old-school North Beach family style places went out of business.

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

                      Sodini's
                      510 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133

                2. mariacarmen RE: vliang Apr 8, 2011 01:32 PM

                  Ernestos in the Outer Richmond. LOVE their stuffed clamshells.

                  http://sanfrancisco.menupages.com/res...
                  http://www.yelp.com/biz/ernestos-ital...
                  2301 Clement St
                  (between 24th Ave & 25th Ave
                  )San Francisco, CA 94121

                  1. Zach Georgopoulos RE: vliang Apr 14, 2011 12:13 AM

                    I can't recall if the latest location of Little Joe's (5th & Mission in the Pickwick Hotel) has booths, but it is most certainly a red sauce joint. Also Tomasso's, though known more for pizza, has booths and classic red sauce dishes.

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                    Little Joe's
                    1106 Market St, San Francisco, CA

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