Italian food is very popular in San Francisco and while North Beach is full of Italian restaurants, cafes, and delis, there are plenty of Italian restuarants all over the city.  This list is broken down by neighborhood and is not an exhaustive list.  All the names here have been suggested and recommeded by the regulars on the San Francisco Forum.

Please read reviews on YELP,  URBANSPOON and OPENTABLE  and you can make a reservation at some restaurants via these sites.  Some of the fine and elegant dining restaurants are indicated as  well.    Google Maps can help you find these restaurants in SF and provide you with MUNI directions on how to get there


Too many choices ? Best food ?  What should you eat ?

That is a really hard question to answer.  It all depends on what one feels like eating.   Pizzas ? Pastas ?  Roman food ? Calabrian or Sicilian cuisine ? Seafood ?  Tiramisu ?  Special Occasion ?  Close to the hotel?  


Buon Appetito !! 


North Beach/Telegraph Hill


Union Square/ Financial District 

  • Perbacco
  • Barbacco
  • Fino
  • Puccini and Pinetti
  • Cotogna   
  • Quince   Fine Dining and Expensive

The Mission 

  • Delfina
  • Pizzeria Delfina
  • Locanda
  • Flour+Water   known for its Pasta
  • Central Kitchen
  • Farina
  • Una Pizza  (11th street than the actual Mission)


Marina/Cow Hollow 

  • A 16    Food from Campania 
  • Capannina
  • Rose's Cafe
  • Ristobar
  • Patxi's   Deep Dish Chicago Style, pizza chain

Noe Valley

  • La Ciccia  Sicilian food
  • Porcelino    Salumi, sandwiches, pasta, take-out  (opened 2014)
  • La Nebbia  SIster restaurant to La Ciccia  (opened 2014)

Nob Hill 

  • Venticello      Elegant dining
  • Seven Hills    Elegant dining
  • Acquerello     Fine dining  and expensive

Russian Hill 



  • Pesce 



  • SPQR
  • Pizzeria Delfina