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Last Minute Italian in San Francisco

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SanJoseHound Aug 3, 2011 05:02 PM

Our schedule just opened up for this Saturday night, which I am finding out is last minute for SF. Calling directly & via Open-Table, NO availability (for desired time of 7-ish, give or take an hour) at: La Ciccia, A16, SPQR.

Seeking a place we've never been before, but other places we've liked a lot: Incanto, Perbacco, Delfina.

Is there any hope?

Or is our best bet Oliveto in Oakland? Will be coming from San Jose with our own car, so transportation isn't a problem. We liked the downstairs cafe a lot but have never dined upstairs.

Thanks Hounds!

-Carminia

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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

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

SPQR
1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Oliveto Cafe
5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: SanJoseHound Aug 3, 2011 05:08 PM

    Barbacco still has 6:45 and 7:15.

    Oliveto's great.

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    Oliveto Cafe
    5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

    Barbacco
    230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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      SanJoseHound RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 3, 2011 05:51 PM

      Barbacco question: seating is either at the bar, or communal tables? Any 2 tops? Or we will have to be social?

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      Barbacco
      230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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        Robert Lauriston RE: SanJoseHound Aug 3, 2011 06:04 PM

        There are some two-tops. You could ask if they could hold you one.

    2. scarmoza RE: SanJoseHound Aug 3, 2011 05:12 PM

      Locanda has a 6:30 table open at the moment.

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      Locanda
      557 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. wolfe RE: SanJoseHound Aug 3, 2011 05:24 PM

        Italian roulette, no reservations, L'Osteria Del Forno

        http://www.chow.com/restaurants/1120/...

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          Pei RE: wolfe Aug 3, 2011 06:12 PM

          Along the lines of L'Osteria (that is, very good Italian but not what I'd call a destination restaurant), Bella Trattoria in the Inner Richmond.

          Or Ristorante Ideale in North Beach.

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          Ideale
          1315 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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          DavidT RE: SanJoseHound Aug 3, 2011 06:41 PM

          Milano (1448 Pacific) is quite qood and quite reliable.

          www.milanosf.com

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            Robert Lauriston RE: DavidT Aug 3, 2011 06:46 PM

            Parking can be pretty rough around there.

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              Dustin_E RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 3, 2011 06:56 PM

              i believe you can pay to park in the walgreens a couple blocks away?

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            Dustin_E RE: SanJoseHound Aug 4, 2011 09:09 AM

            if you don't mind that it's extremely expensive for what you get, i think farina is great. i personally prefer it to perbacco, incanto, a16, and probably cotogna, though i might well be alone with this preference. reservations shouldn't be a problem.

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              Robert Lauriston RE: Dustin_E Aug 4, 2011 09:18 AM

              I've been curious about Farina. The prices are bizarrely high (pastas $24-32, secondi $32-36) for the location, but maybe that means they're doing something right.

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                Dustin_E RE: Robert Lauriston Aug 4, 2011 09:47 AM

                well, considering what you get, i feel it might be the most expensive restaurant i've been to in the bay area -- it feels very much like una pizza napolitano in this way.

                sure, french laundry, manresa and quince cost a lot, but they give you a gazillion things, and eating there on rare occasion is enough, at least for me. farina costs a lot, but ideally i'd eat there every week. (which i won't.)

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