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stcPLUSbk Feb 7, 2012 01:19 PM

I will be in San Francisco and want to eat at a down home west coast Italian restaurant. I am a native New Yorker and interested in experiencing west coast style Italian American food. My impression is that there will be some options that focus on seafood as a main ingredient and am hoping to get some good recommendations.

Thanks!!!

  1. Robert Lauriston Feb 7, 2012 03:16 PM

    For old-school San Francisco-style Italian food, Capp's Corner.

    http://www.cappscorner.com

    Most of the old-school places went out of business or aren't old-school any more. Contemporary SF area Italian is not so down home.

    Pesce is Venetian small plates, chef is from Italy. SPQR started out sort of Cal-Roman but under the new chef is some kind of Cal-Italian, I guess?

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      Dustin_E Feb 7, 2012 04:00 PM

      this place looks great. any suggestions on what to order?

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        Robert Lauriston Feb 7, 2012 07:49 PM

        Capp's Corner? Whatever appeals.

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          Dustin_E Feb 8, 2012 08:57 AM

          nothing they do particularly well / not so good?

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      vulber Feb 7, 2012 03:01 PM

      2nd sotto mare

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        Dustin_E Feb 7, 2012 01:53 PM

        farina has great seafood, but it is expensive for what it is.

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          Rapini Feb 7, 2012 06:13 PM

          "expensive for what it is" is Farina's stock in trade

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          DavidT Feb 7, 2012 01:40 PM

          Italian restaurants in San Francisco that specialize in seafood include Brindisi, La Ciccia, Pesce, Rose Pistola and Sotto Mare.

          However, be advised most of these places are likely to be more "authentic" Italian than "Italian-American". For instance, La Ciccia features the food of Sardinia. If you are looking for dishes with tomato sauce & garlic, you will not find many of them here.

          http://www.rosepistolasf.com/
          http://laciccia.com/
          http://www.brindisicucina.com/

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            Cynsa Feb 7, 2012 01:42 PM

            oops, sorry. I missed the" Italian American" reference.

            http://pescebarsf.com/menu/cicchetti/
            http://www.spqrsf.com/menus/

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            Pesce
            2227 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

            SPQR
            1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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              DavidT Feb 7, 2012 02:44 PM

              Cioppino, a seafood stew in a tomato-based broth, is probably the most authentic Italian- American seafood dish in the SF area.

            2. wolfe Feb 7, 2012 01:34 PM

              Sotto Mare for cioppino.
              http://sottomaresf.com/Menu_11-17-10.pdf
              Edit: according to Wikipedia "Cioppino is a fish stew originating in San Francisco. It is considered an Italian-American dish."

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