Eager to find another great restaurant in San Francisco, we followed a friend's recommendation and booked reservations at Gigi's Sotto Mare Restaurant at 552 Green Street in North Beach. Known for having really fresh seafood and 'the best damn cioppino' albeit in a small and unpretentious setting, Sotto Mare lived up to our every expectation.
Our party of six enjoyed the cioppino (plenty for 2-3 people), the risotto, linguine with manilla clams, sea scallops and for the non-seafood lover in the group, pasta with a rich pesto sauce. Everyone was very happy with their meals - the only mild complaint from one member of our group was that the food could have arrived hotter, though I didn't notice any problem with the food temperature.
My scallops were the best I've ever had, and plentiful; I think there were 9 big scallops, served in a delicious, rich, garlicy sauce. I'd definitely recommend Sotto Mare to anyone looking for a great, not touristy, seafood restaurant in San Francisco!
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