where san francisco foodies eat: italian


Hey everyone! I wanted to share some of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco with you all in a more organized way. I'm always getting asked by coworkers, friends, and family where to go out to eat for various occasions. I want to start sharing not only my favorite spots, but also spots that some of my other favorite well known San Francisco foodies eat. Let's start this thing off with Italian restaurants, because, let's be honest... everyone is always willing to make it a cheat day if pasta is involved. Or is that just me? 😳

THE URBANITE INSIGHT RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. SEVEN HILLS

Neighborhood: Russian Hill

My favorite dish: The Ravioli Uovo, which is one big ravioli with a spinach-ricotta filling with oozy egg yolk & truffle too. It's their signature dish and absolutely mouthwatering!

2. SPQR

Neighborhood: Pacific Heights

My favorite dish: Meyer Lemon Linguini, which consists of a really rich linguini in Alfredo sauce with abalone liver, grated bottarga, and just a tiny hint of Meyer lemon.

3. FLOUR + WATER

Neighborhood: Mission

My favorite dish: Braised Pork Shoulder Tortellini (can be seasonal so might not always be on the menu). You can't go wrong with any pasta here - the al dente homemade pasta is my favorite in the city!

4. DEL POPOLO

Neighborhood: Lower Nob Hill

My favorite dish: House Made Sausage Pizza, which has crushed tomato, gooey mozzarella, Gypsy peppers, red onion, and chili.

5. LOCANDA

Neighborhood: Mission

My favorite dish: Tortelli with Black Trumpet Mushrooms - handmade pasta filled with crescenza cheese from Bellwether Farms, served with rich black trumpet mushrooms, with mint and pine nuts for a buttery crunch.

OTHER SF FOODIES RECOMMEND:

1. TONY'S PIZZA NAPOLETANA

Neighborhood: North Beach

Recommended by: Kimia Kalbasi, Instagram influencer

Kimia's favorite dish: "The Honey Pie Pizza is my absolute favorite because it combines the best of both worlds with an explosion sweet and savory flavors with the honey drizzle and fried caramelized onions. Also, you know it's authentic Italian when they don't let you add chicken as a topping on your pizza but will gladly give it to you on the side!"

2. TOSCA

Neighborhood: North Beach

Recommended by: Bridget Stangland, writer @ FabFitFun & Instagram influencer

Bridget's favorite dish: "Other than their AMAZING focaccia bread that they serve as a starter, the best thing on their menu is the grilled polenta w/ roasted mushrooms, mascaparne, and parmesan! Such a delicious dish to eat on a cold/cloudy day in SF."

3. COTOGNA

*This was recommended by TWO of San Francisco's favorite foodies, so it is definitely worth a visit soon!

Neighborhood: Jackson Square

Recommended by: Sarah Chorey, blogger at Sarah Craves & Instagram influencer as well as Adriana Kwicinski, Instagram influencer

Sarah's favorite dish: "My favorite dish is their ricotta raviolo, it may be one of the best pastas in the city! It's one giant homemade ravioli in a super rich in a brown butter sauce with an egg and ricotta inside. Pretty much anything their with their housemade ricotta is a favorite as well."

Adriana's favorite dish (which is the same, so it must be good!): "My favorite dish is the raviolo, which is their giant ravioli filled with cheese! Sometimes it's not on the menu but if you ask they'll make it for you."

4. THE ITALIAN HOMEMADE

Neighborhood: North Beach

Recommended by: Diana Banh, foodie & writer

Diana's favorite dish: For Italian I order anything with pappardelle. Italian Homemade in North Beach is also good for more casual Italian & their homemade pasta!

5. JACKSON FILLMORE TRATTORIA

Neighborhood: Pacific Heights

Recommended by: Katherine Williams, hospitality publicist

Katherine's favorite dish: "The Gnudi or whatever their special of the day is! Definitely go to the bar and order Tiramisu and a glass of port for a late night treat too."

What's your favorite spot?! Share it with me in the comments section below - I'm always looking for recommendations!

xx,

Megan

Next, check out my top 10 pizza spots in the Bay Area!

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