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“Cafeteria Italian”
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Ranked #282 of 5,711 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Marina District
Cross street: Scott St
Transit: Muni: 30
Description: A16 is a restaurant and wine bar bringing the delicious and hospitable traditions of lively Campania to San Francisco. The chic, rustic/modernist venue is named after the motorway that transverses the South of Italy. The restaurant features wood oven-fired Neapolitan Pizza and other specialties of Campania such as Maccaronara with ragu napoletana and house-made ricotta salata. The wine bar serves 40 wines by the glass and half bottle carafe. The list is 60 percent Italian, mostly from the South, and the other 40 percent is New World, celebrating premiere Italian varietals grown in California along with many California wines.
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442 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
“Cafeteria Italian”
Reviewed September 2, 2007

Atmosphere: Crowded; fun; private room isn't private with see-through glass

Service: Good

Food: Umm, anyone wanna go to Pizza Hut?

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San Diego
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Chocolate torte with sea salt and E.V.O.O?”
Reviewed May 14, 2007

Sunday night burn out for us after two days of the Union Square scene.
A16 came recommended by our concierge at the St. Francis as the happenin' spot for good eats and cool vibe in the Marina district. So lucky to have snagged the reservation @ 9:30 that evening.
We were seated at a banquette near the back of the dining room. Comfortable seating space and interesting views of the wood-fired forno. Plenty of hipsters on parade which made for amusing show between courses. Wonderful and eclectic wine list makes the choice difficult. Ask Skye, the sommelier for a suggestion if you can't decide.

Started with a pick from the among the house cured Salumi: pork liver terrina.

Followed by a terrific roasted rabbit with fennel/garlic entree paired up with a selection of delicious sides to choose from. I went for the swiss chard sauteed with anchovy, garlic and lemon. Great combo.

Finished with the standout of the night: the chocolate budino tart with sea salt and extra virgin olive oil...the fusion of salt, sweet, bitter and grassy/fruity E.V.O.O was relevatory. Will return for this delectable on every trip to the city. It's that good!

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Charleston, SC
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67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed April 1, 2007

My husband and I recently ate here while in SanFrancisco for one evening after several days in the wine country. It was great! We shared a bottle of Rosso from an italian winery we had not heard of and would love to have more of it! We each had the Pizza Margherita --- which were every bit as good as the reveiws we have recently read in Wine Spectator, Food and Wine, Etc, suggest. The waitress suggested we try the hot sauce on the side and it was an excellent enhancer for those who likes some spice with their pizza. We shared a choclate budino tart for dessert and it was like nothing we had ever tasted before --- very good. Our waitress (surpisingly from Charleston as we are) was excellent --- she knew we had an early flight in the morning and when we were leaving presented us with a box of mixed cookies/biscotti to enjoy with coffee in the airport. We would go back here hands down! Reservations are essential -- we were here on a Tuesday night at 8pm and had a reservation -- we were seated immediately -- but if we hadn't had a reservation we would have had to wait. It would have been worth the wait though.

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Hamilton, Ontario
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great food ... energetic atmosphere”
Reviewed July 19, 2005

A16 matched excellent food with the fun and feeling of a local hang-out. There was certainly a ton of energy and noise in the air, but knowledgeable waiters and a sommellier that did a great job of matching our specific food orders with wines available by the glass. Great Mediterranean tastes.

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“Good Food, but Lose the Attitude”
Reviewed December 7, 2004

I was so excited to try A16, having spent considerable time in Italy's southern regions. After three tries on separate trips to San Francisco, I was able to secure a reservation for two. We arrived at 6:30 only to be "greeted" by a hostess with the charm and warmth of your average bar bouncer. We asked for a quiet table in the back, but were refused on the grounds that she needed the tables for large parties. We were seated mid-floor and oddly enough, those tables in the back filled in with couples and parties of three and four within the half hour. Fortunately, our server was pleasant and knowledgeable, and hooked us up with two interesting reds. The flavors of the dishes we ordered were wonderful; however, texture and presentation were disappointing. The pizza we had heard so much about was soggy and hardly the lovely thin crust I can achieve pretty well at home. The homage to neglected southern Italian cuisines is admirable, but this restaurant loses marks on many counts. Getting dedicated and friendly staff throughout the restaurant should be the first step.

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