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Pasta near Nob Hill / Union Square? [SF]

szmn Sep 26, 2011 07:04 AM

Hello all,

A friend and I are traveling from Philly to San Francisco next month to run a marathon. Looking for an Italian/pasta place for dinner where we can get basic pasta dishes for the meal the night before. I saw that Fino was recommended for that area. Any others? Walking distance or minimal public transportation preferred. We will be at the White Swan Inn.

Thanks for any insight!

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    DavidT RE: szmn Sep 26, 2011 10:51 AM

    Scala's Bistro in on Powell Street, less than a block north, Union Square. The food is good, but a little pricey.


    Scala's Bistro
    432 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102

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      szmn RE: DavidT Sep 27, 2011 06:28 PM

      Thanks, David! The menu looks good and you are right - it is very close. Perfect.

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      joisey al RE: szmn Sep 28, 2011 04:15 AM

      SZMN, try the Nob Hill Cafe on Taylor Street. Additionally, get there early because there can be waits up the 30 minutes. I don't where the White Swan Inn is located, but; enjoy the work out walking up to the NHC.

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        whiner RE: szmn Sep 28, 2011 07:39 AM


        230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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          arepo RE: whiner Aug 13, 2012 03:16 PM

          I just asked a similar question above (also coming in from Philly and staying in Union Square at the Orchard!) and after looking at menus online of Scala's Bistro, Seven Hills and Fino, we decided on Seven Hills.
          Good luck with the marathon.
          PS: If you decide upon Seven Hills, will you please leave a review on it? I trust Philly-ites!

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            arepo RE: arepo Dec 1, 2012 06:05 AM

            A follow-up to my query.
            Well you Chowhounders hit the mark right on the head.
            You will be hard pressed to find a better Italian restaurant with a superbly talented chef residing in the kitchen than Seven Hills.
            It was the highlight of our trip (and that includes the oft touted Gary Danko which disappointed us).

        2. BernalKC RE: szmn Dec 1, 2012 11:52 AM

          Another possibility is Venticello. Only ate there one time, but everything on our table was solid. Not innovative or exceptional, a bit pricey, but good solid Italian with an emphasis on pastas.

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