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Delfina for dinner?

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We will have three nights in SF (two in Sonoma, two in Monterey) in a couple of weeks and have been soliciting recommendations. The latest is Delfina - would love to hear a good assessment from veterans -- locals or visitors . Thanks!

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

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  1. probably my favorite italian restaurant. you'll enjoy it as long as you go in knowing that it's cal-italian, rather than tryign to reproduce authentic cuisine from a particular region

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    1. re: vulber

      +1

      our favorite Italian or any kind ... never fails

    2. It's my second-favorite Italian in the city. I'd give a nod to Cotogna over Delfina, but given the impossibility of getting into Cotogna on less than a month's notice, Delfina is usually my go-to neighborhood place.

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

      Cotogna
      490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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      1. I *love* Delfina, were it not for a *slight* preference for Perbacco, it would be my favorite Italian restaurant outside of Italy. Really outstanding and, frankly, more intimate than Perbacco. I've never had a bad meal there or a dish I didn't like. Even their basic tri-color salad is somehow a notch above the others I've had.

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        Perbacco
        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

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        1. re: whiner

          The tricolore is at Pizzeria Delfina; no argument about its quality. The great salad at Delfina is the Insalada di Campo with walnuts and radicchio and parmesan.

          To repeat my caveat about Delfina from another thread: Delfina is one of the most consistent restaurants in San Francisco. This is saying a lot. I recommend skipping the entrees for the most part, although they're fine, and ordering more appetizers, salads, and pastas. The food is not complicated or especially innovative or exotic; but it is very good.

          I can't fault the food at Perbacco, but the atmosphere (not the service) feels formal. Leaves me kind of cold.

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

          Pizzeria Delfina
          2406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

          1. re: Windy

            Windy, I just looked at the menu and they call it the "Insalada di Campo" at Delfina. That is what I was referring to... I actually really like the mains there, but I would not quibble with anyone who prefers to do starters and pasta only. Also a good move, depending....

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

            1. re: Windy

              i didn't get that impression at perbacco, nor can i fault them for catering to an entirely different clientele than delfina

          2. Their spaghetti is the best!