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“Pizza great”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Piccino Cafe

Piccino Cafe
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Ranked #461 of 5,642 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Kids, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 22nd Street
Transit: Caltrain: 22nd Street Station MUNI: 48 Quintara stops at 22nd & Minnesota Sts. 22 Fillmore stops at 20th & Tennessee Sts. KT Ingleside/Third St stops at 3rd & 23rd Sts.
Description: When we opened the doors of our tiny restaurant in December 2006, our goal was to make Piccino as welcoming as the home of a close friend, our food as simple and beautifully executed as possible. We"re honored that Piccino became a thriving hub of the community. And in May of 2011 we moved from our original space into a new home (dubbed The Yellow Building) on the corner of 22nd & Minnesota Streets, which we share with our friends MAC (Modern Appealing Clothing), and DIG wine shop. Our menu still features the classic and seasonally driven thin-crust pizzas and polpette (Tuscan-style pork and beef meatballs) Piccino is known for; our salads and soups use the finest organic produce sourced directly from small local farms. Piccino's menu has expanded to include more small starter plates, house-made pastas, contorni (vegetable sides), and special entrees of meat, fish, or poultry. Seasonal desserts and expertly made coffee complete our daily offerings.
Palm Springs, California
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579 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 456 helpful votes
“Pizza great”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Mushroom pizza good for two as starter, and other pizza options good as well. Wine choices also respectable. We were six, four adults and two teens, bill was about $45 pp. service was okay. Ambiance nothing special.

Visited August 2013
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Marion, Virginia
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120 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Good eats but a bit pricey”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

We were a bit underwhelmed by our visit to Piccino. While the food was good, the wine menu was very pricey and our server notably cooled to us after we asked for a less expensive alternative (finally ordered some local draft brews as an alternative).

Our pizzas were good, especially the sausage option. We also enjoyed the meatball entree.

Nice atmosphere, but I would rate the service as average at best.

  • Visited May 2013
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Copenhagen Denmark
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115 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
“best pizza!”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Went here for lunch. Had beets salad and pizza; one Margherita and one with green goat's cheese, garlic and fennel. Everything was delicious, the pizzas were among the best we have ever had. It is a sweet little restaurant in an interesting neighborhood. Staff were very friendly.
We will definitely come back.

  • Visited March 2013
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Sacramento, California, United States
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“You'll Love This "Little One"”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

The only reason we were lucky enough to find Piccino in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood is because our niece is a server here ("full disclosure"). In Italian the word Piccino means "little one" and the restaurant is, in fact, a small place -- but there is nothing small about the food. The place was packed on Saturday night so we had the good fortune to be seated at the Chef's Counter where we enjoyed the full energy of the kitchen staff as they created dinner for everyone. We started with the delicate fresh burrata presented on a perfectly crusted and sea-salted fried polenta square, drizzled with fine olive oil and accompanied by crisp watercress. Our pasta dishes were equally satisfying. Mine was the garganelli with kale, succulent bacon, red wine vinegar for tang, and a cured egg yolk on top that added amazing richness to the dish. My husband enjoyed his light ricotta gnudi, brussels sprouts and chervil in walnut brodo. We finished with a thin crust pizza Margherita to which we added Piccino's savory roasted mushrooms for a perfect pizza. We had the feeling that everyone in that busy room was having a great time enjoying this fun, energetic place with their friends.

  • Visited January 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“My whole family loves this restaurant!”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

The food is Italian filtered through a California sensibility so it is artfully prepared with attention to detail as well as some new twists on old classics. We cook and eat a LOT of Italian food and have travelled in Italy extensively, emphasizing food and wine so we have a little background from which to speak. We love this casual place. It fits a niche of which there are a few other like restaurants in SF. Another reviewer mentioned Delfina which is an apt comparison, but this is more casual.

We just wish it were closer to our neighborhood so we could make it a regular. It is worth seeking out.
My children love the thin crust pizza and they have made pizza eating their life's work ( just kidding, but any parent will know what I'm talking about!) They truly appreciate the fine ingredients and well crafted pizza offerings.
My teenage children beg to go back there with us, and any time your teenagers want to be with you.....

  • Visited December 2012
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