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Italian Dinner with old friend in SF

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steiny Oct 19, 2011 08:44 AM

I have an old friend in town from NJ/NY. Looks like we're going to go for Italian. The three places of interest are: Delfina, Specchios or Vega. Help me decide. Thanks!

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

Specchio
2331 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: steiny Oct 19, 2011 12:22 PM

    What does "Italian" mean to you and your friend? A lot of "Italian" in SF doesn't resemble "Italian" in NJ.

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      hyperbowler RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 19, 2011 05:27 PM

      What aspects of Delfina, Specchios or Vega (neighborhood, cuisine, price, etc.) appeal to your interests? Is your friend originally from NY/NJ or are they currently living there, and hoping for some nostalgic northeastern Italian-American food?

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

      Specchio
      2331 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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      Rapini RE: steiny Oct 19, 2011 12:45 PM

      Ruth is correct that Bay Area Italian food tends to be more northern Italian and regional, while East Coast Italian generally favors the south. But when in Rome...

      I concur with your Delfina suggestion, and would add Palio d'Asti (which we sometimes overlook, but has fine food), and Perbacco. La Ciccia is well regarded, but recently got a good review in the Chron, and is now even harder to get into.

      Beyond those thoughts, I'd suggest doing a search on this board; there's been a lot of discussion about Italian places here.

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        stanbee RE: Rapini Oct 19, 2011 04:09 PM

        Many Italians from Lucca and Genoa brought their syles here.

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      2. mariacarmen RE: steiny Oct 19, 2011 08:04 PM

        Skip Specchio - mediocre food, in my opinion.

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        Specchio
        2331 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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          whiner RE: steiny Oct 20, 2011 12:41 AM

          Delfina. Perbacco, if you cannot get into Delfina.

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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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            NoeMan RE: steiny Oct 20, 2011 07:04 AM

            Take your friend to Lupa in Noe Valley and you will never forget it.

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            Lupa
            4109 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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