San Francisco's Italian Restaurants Cook Up the City's Best Comfort Food



Do you love Italian food? We do too, and that's why we dedicate ourselves to finding the best places to enjoy Italian cuisine in San Francisco. We've diligently scouted out the top eateries, and we've listened to our readers and their reviews of San Francisco restaurants. We share the places that get great buzz, like Acquerello, and we showcase the ones that have proven themselves over time, like La Traviata.

With so many restaurant choices in San Francisco, it's important to think about what kind of meal you want. And not just what food you crave, but all the details of the experience, from atmosphere to the people you choose to dine with. A well-planned dining experience might be not just the highlight of a trip but a memory that can last a lifetime. So, if you're thinking about Italian food, be sure to take some time to consider the whole experience. We recommend Italian food on your vacation as a remedy for temporary homesickness, when you need that simple but universal taste of comfort food that only pizza and pasta can provide.

We also point out good neighborhoods for Italian restaurants in San Francisco - Cow Hollow, for instance. When the craving hits, we'll make sure you get your fix!




Playfully bestowed with the Italian word for "optimist" – that is, one who always believes that the glass is half full – this wine bar also has a way with Italian-inspired tapas. Offering more than 200 by-the-bottle options, Ottimista...  Read More




If you're not quite sure if you want a loud and boisterous Italian experience or a more intimate, calm dining experience, then head to Trattoria. There are more famous Italian restaurants than this modest establishment, but it's hard to find a...  Read More




Sotto Mare's old-school Italian ambiance and incredibly fresh fare receive rave reviews from North Beach natives and Bay Area visitors alike. The restaurant is known for its traditional baccala, savory crab cioppino and Boston-style clam...  Read More


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Russian Hill


Elegant and subdued, this intimate restaurant (whose name means "watercolor") exhibits artistry in both cuisine and appearance. Its serene ambience and its vaulted, beamed ceiling evoke Acquerello's former incarnation as a chapel. Contemporary...  Read More


L'Osteria del forno


Given the size of the kitchen, it's hard to believe that so much tasty food springs from a lone oven. Its bounty includes thin-crust pizzas, fragrant foccacia, skewered lamb, a daily roast and baked pastas. Another favorite, milk-braised roast...  Read More




This chic restaurant specializes in Ligurian fare, native to Italy's northwestern region. Seafood is prominent, and cioppino is especially well-prepared. Other possibilities include roasted rabbit, panzanella, and wood-fired pizzas. Plus, menu...  Read More


La Traviata


As the name would indicate, this Italian restaurant takes opera as seriously as it does cuisine. Polished woods and opera-themed art set the scene for a wealth of delicious dishes, including veal, poultry, seafood, and pastas. Expanding the...  Read More


Florio
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This casual French-Italian bistro is the perfect choice for a savory meal without all the fuss or gimmickry associated with some restaurants. Great food is the focus, as proven by succulent roasted chicken, duck confit, and a practiced...  Read More


Delfina
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Simplicity and authenticity reign at this small, popular restaurant. Zinc tabletops and exotic hardwoods bear this out, as does the incomparable Italian fare with its top-notch ingredients. Treat yourself with grilled calamari salad, braised...  Read More


Perbacco


Perbacco is a well-respected, successful Italian restaurant in San Francisco's Financial District. Perbacco, an Italian word expressing pleasure and surprise (as well as a reference to Bacchus, the god of wine), is the perfect name for a...  Read More


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