When it comes to Italian food we like to keep it simple, honest and authentic, especially with pasta. We’ve tried quite a few Italian restaurants in San Francisco, and we wanted to share a couple of our favorites that stand out for making their customers feel like family and having delicious pasta.
Sotto Mare: It’s no surprise that Sotto Mare is at the top of our list. This classic North Beach joint has been a local favorite for decades now. Seafood and pasta are a match made in heaven, and no one mixes the two together better than Sotto Mare. However, it’s more than just the food that keeps people coming back. Sotto Mare is a friendly, family-owned, no-frills restaurant. From the moment you walk in the door you’re treated like family: you’ll be told if you’re in the way (regulars know this place is always packed), what the freshest catch of the day is and that coffee and dessert are better served at the bakery around the corner.
Fiorella: The Richmond is a culinary hotspot for many types of cuisine, but up until 2015 it was hard to find fresh, high-quality and delicious Italian food in the neighborhood. Thanks to Fiorella that’s no longer an issue. Chefs Brandon and Gavin and their partner Boris have created a concise and well-balanced menu featuring top-notch pasta and pizza. We LOVE their garganelli with Ragu.
Trattoria Da Vittorio: When you walk into a restaurant in West Portal on a school night and every table is full, you know they must be doing something right. Trattoria offers generous helpings of Italian hospitality – everyone is greeted with a handshake, a hug or a pat on the back. The heartwarming staff makes the dining experience even better. Must tries are the fiochetti with pear and Gorgonzola sauce, the meatball pizza, and the homemade lasagna. And good news – we can bring a piece of Trattoria to your office to add a little Italian hospitality to your lunch.
Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack: From their bright and colorful menu to their spaghetti and meatballs (which is perfect for sharing), this restaurant is anything but a shack, and its ambiance will take you right back to your childhood. If you’re looking for something a little less traditional than spaghetti and meatballs go for the papardelle with butternut squash and Italian sausage or the orechiette with pancetta and broccoli rabe.
La Briciola: Whether you’re looking for a quick bite for lunch or a friendly Friday night dinner in SoMa, La Briciola is the perfect spot for any occasion. Flavorful Northern Italian fare in a simple, but cozy environment will win you over. We’re particularly smitten with their gnocchi and their lobster sauce ravioli.
What are your favorites?