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San Fran: Good Italian near City Hall?

jmk38 Sep 29, 2013 02:19 PM

Hi - we will be in SF for a meeting in October and want to dine with another couple following a reception at City Hall. Looking for good Italian in reasonable proximity to City Hall. Thank you in advance!

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    GH1618 RE: jmk38 Sep 29, 2013 03:14 PM

    What is "reasonable proximity"? 54 Mint is a long walk, one BART stop, or a short cab ride from City Hall.

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      jmk38 RE: GH1618 Sep 29, 2013 05:10 PM

      short cab ride works!

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      mwhitmore RE: jmk38 Sep 29, 2013 03:20 PM

      Civic Center is pretty much a food desert (for San Francisco). I will be checking this thread for suggestions.

      1. Robert Lauriston RE: jmk38 Sep 29, 2013 03:26 PM

        Bar Jules and Zuni Cafe do some Italian dishes and are very good.

        Caffe Delle Stelle and its spinoff Stelline are not bad though below average by SF's high standards.

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          Windy RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 29, 2013 07:51 PM

          Stelline was inedibly bad last time I ate there, and delle Stelle, while packed, hasn't been good for 10+ years.

          Il Borgo is less pretentious and better, though I suspect not festive enough for a special occasion.

        2. Melanie Wong RE: jmk38 Sep 29, 2013 06:32 PM

          1760 is new. One mile away from City Hall, straight up Polk St.

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            sundeck sue RE: jmk38 Sep 29, 2013 11:35 PM

            Concur w/ suggestion re Zuni, if really good Cal-Italian (as opposed to Italian) fits the bill.

            Also concur re thumbs down: Della Stella.

            Perbacco (wonderful Italian) would be a 10-15 min. cab ride.

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