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tomasso's north beach

what's the deal here? it seems as if it's it's yuppie puppy heaven.. the main course was poor, it tasted like my jewish grandmother made it with ketchup....hats off to the salsds though..but salads alone do NOT make a meal..i can't see waiting on line to eat here...can anyone recommend a good southern italian red sauce ny style restaurant in the bay area?

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  1. Tommaso's is for pizza. Tasty pies, convivial atmosphere and in north beach so you can stroll about after. That's all.

    1. Yeah, Tommaso's makes good pizza. The only other dishes I've had there that were good were cold marinated vegetables.

      NY-style Italian: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/777344

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      Tommaso Ristorante Italiano
      1042 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Agreed. I went a few months ago for pizza, which was good. The marinated vegies would have been nice had they not been nearly ice cold.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          I'm a big fan of the coo-coo clams. The clams are tasty, and the broth is great for dipping bread.

        2. They make a nice mild, sweet bottled tomato pasta sauce.

          1. The home made ravioli's are great and like others have said the pizza is good too. I've never strayed too far from those dishes. I do like some of the appetizers, antipasto and marinated veggies.

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            1. re: virtualguthrie

              As I've mentioned over the years, I am a fan of two pasta dishes at Tommaso's: one with calamare*, the other with broccoli.

              Not being quite the trenchermen of yore, we don't always order a pasta as well as a pizza every visit.

              We don't have any restaurant hangouts (unless one counts the great Bistro in Incline, which we "hang out" in once annually); Tommaso's is as close to home-y to us as any place gets. I remember it when it was Lupo's; also remember when it baked bread on Wednesdays and Sundays, the days SF traditional breads were unavailable fresh. We now go only a couple of times a year, but part of the reason for that is my ever-decreasing taste for foods made with white flour.

              *I was so disappointed by a meal a few years ago, I stayed away for ages; finally went back and it seemed back on track. That one time, the calamare reminded me of the frozen Chinese variety, and everything else seemed a bit off as well.

            2. mr. cummings,

              if you are looking for a good southern italian red sauce ny style restaurant in the bay area you won't find it at tomasso's or any other restaurant.

              you will find bits and pieces here and there, but never the whole package.

              consider the salad. that is california's strength. no ny red sauce joint will match it wieth their iceberg, pale tomato, canned black olive, cucumber slice.

              there is lots of good italian, it is just a different style.

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              1. re: rworange

                If there's one thing I don't miss about Long Island, it's that misguided "health food item" called salad pizza--- the salad you described, sans cucumber, dripping with cheap Italian dressing and served on a thin crust slice. Yuk!

                I made the mistake of fulfilling a guest's request for spaghetti and meatballs by bringing them to Tomasso's. At least my dish was good!

                Uncle Dougies in Berkeley makes a good NY style eggplant parmesan hero. It's big and the taste is right. They don't have a veal parmesan, but their chicken parmesan is pretty good.

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                Uncle Dougie's
                2328 Bowditch St, Berkeley, CA 94704

                1. re: hyperbowler

                  Yes, Uncle Dougie's is exactly right.

                  In the city, Il Borgo serves delicious pasta and pizzas in the style you're looking for (not NY Italian, just inexpensive unpretentious Southern Italian).

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                  Il Borgo
                  500 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                  Uncle Dougie's
                  2328 Bowditch St, Berkeley, CA 94704