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Feb 7, 2012 01:19 PM

Seeking SF Italian Seafood Recommendation

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.


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  1. Sotto Mare for cioppino.
    Edit: according to Wikipedia "Cioppino is a fish stew originating in San Francisco. It is considered an Italian-American dish."

    1. 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.

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      1. re: DavidT

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

        2227 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

        1911 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

        1. re: DavidT

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

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

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          1. re: Dustin_E

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

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


              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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              1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    nothing they do particularly well / not so good?