Ciao Bella: The Top 5 Italian Restaurants in San Francisco

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In a city with such a lively neighborhood as North Beach, there is bound to be a plethora of fantastic Italian restaurant throughout the city. For great recommendations, try these spots for Mediterranean-inspired cuisine so good it will make you sing “When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine, that’s amore.”

1 Acquerello

Acquerello is easily the best Italian restaurant in San Francisco. This former chapel has a warm Mediterranean atmosphere, impeccable service, and simple Italian with a contemporary twist. Patrons love their “Ridged pasta with foie gras, scented with black truffles and Marsala”.

1722 Sacramento St, San Francisco, 415.567.5432,

2 Delfina

This trattoria-inspired Mission restaurant serves simple, yet delicious Italian cuisine. Their menu changes seasonally, but their house made sausage, pastas, and gelatos are always sure to please.

3621 18th St, San Francisco, 415.552.4055,

3 Quince

Though this restaurant may have changed locations from Nob Hill to Jackson Square, fans have moved with it. They have an impressive wine list and take advance of seasonal Northern California produce to inspire their daily changing menu.

470 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, 415.775.8500,

4 Perbacco

This eatery is a hot spot for Financial District business men and women. Their cuisine is classic Piemonte and Liguria Italian in a modernly designed restaurant space.

230 California St, San Francisco, 415.955.0663,

5 flour + water

This San Francisco restaurant was nominated for a 2010 James Beard award for “Best New Restaurant”. Their simple and small, yet focused menu has caught the attention of local foodies and beyond.

2401 Harrison St, San Francisco, 415.826.7000,

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