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Italian Dinner with old friend in SF

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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. 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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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      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

    2. 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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      1. re: Rapini

        Many Italians from Lucca and Genoa brought their syles here.

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      2. Skip Specchio - mediocre food, in my opinion.

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        Specchio
        2331 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

        1. 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

          1. 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