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Jan 27, 2012 09:39 PM

North Beach Italian recommendations for family of 5

We are coming to SF for a few days at the end of March and are looking for a North Beach Italian restaurant recommendation. 2 adults, 3 kids - 17,12,11. The kids can behave anywhere. Any recommendations?

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  1. Franchino. Family owned and operated. Friendly owners. A small place, but can accomodate a table of five easily. I love the mussels marinara, and salmon with asparagus in a pink sauce is always good.

    1. Tony's Pizza Napoletana and/or his Slice House next door.

      Tony's Pizza Napoletana
      1570 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

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        1. re: mariacarmen

          Seriously ... Tony's with three kids? i just don't see it as an optimum experience. It is not a matter of the kids behaving but getting bored waiting to get in. My three step kids are just a bit older but it would get me as nuts putting up with them being bored out of their minds and it would get them crazy waiting. If it is off hours, sure.

          1. re: rworange

            um, yeah, seriously! the OP didn't say they were going at any specific time. they could easily do a weekday early-ish dinner. i've gotten in at 6:00 with no problem at all. i think the atmosphere at that place is perfect for kids.

            1. re: mariacarmen

              Yeah, i would have said the same thing before the kids came into my life. My view of dining out has been altered in terms of family dining. As i said, as long as they have the caveat of eating off hours, sure. Otherwise, the OP needs to deterine the patience factor of the kids.

        2. re: scarmoza

          Tony's slice house next door has ONE large booth only ,no other tables, but some outdoor seating if the weather is nice.

          1. re: scarmoza

            The wait for Tony's can be hours, they don't take reservations, and the pizza's not as consistent as it should be. If you want pizza, go to BaoNecci or Ideale.

          2. Ristorante Ideale on Grant might work for you. Good Italian food, very family friendly.

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Is Ideale less rude in January, after the holiday, than during [Nov]?

            1. Dinner reservation made at Ideale. Tony's is on the list for a pizza lunch. Thanks for the suggestions SF Chowhounds!

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              1. re: suburban_mom

                Just came back from a charming small Italian place called Seven Hills on Hyde Street. Our grandchildren were thrilled with the menu and the chef is creative.
                Highly recommended

                1. re: arepo

                  Glad to hear they haven't been destroyed by making Zagat's San Francisco at #4. therefore ranked as best Italian.