Ciao! Italian Restaurants in San Francisco

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Flour + Water

2401 Harrison St.

San Francisco, Calif.

(415) 826-7000

Ambiance

Warm, loud, friendly and comfortable as if at a friend’s house for dinner with a hand-selected musical playlist each night.

What to order

Try the mixed roast of pork. Various cuts and preparations of the same pig including belly, leg, loin, rib and sausage.

Who comes here

Neighborhood regulars, travelers, business executives, families and industry people.

Sweet Tooth

The chocolate budino, a rich and decadent pot de creme, topped with sea salt and espresso caramel cream.

North Beach Restaurant

1512 Stockton St.

San Francisco, Calif.

(415) 392-1700

Ambiance

Relaxing, Tuscan-style, with Carrara marble, Venetian granite, handcrafted cherry wood paneling and vaulted ceilings created by Italian craftsmen.

What to order

Start with our in-house cured prosciutto and melon or homemade ravioli. Pair with our own wines from Petroni Vineyards.

Who comes here

Families with children for early dinners or late lunches, tourists, shoppers, movie stars, politicians and opera goers.

Sweet Tooth

The homemade crème caramel is a fantastic choice.

Acquerello

1722 Sacramento St.

San Francisco, Calif.

(415) 567-5432

Ambiance

Warm and gracious with soft lighting, original watercolors, crystal decanters and large floral bouquets.

What to order

The filet of Black Angus beef with porcini mushrooms, yellow corn purée, guanciale and garlic scapes is a crowd favorite.

Who comes here

Business executives entertaining clients, guests celebrating special occasions and families frequent the eatery.

Sweet Tooth

Bourbon caramel semifreddo with Amaretti crumbs and drizzle of chocolate sauce.

Frantoio

152 Shoreline Hwy.

Mill Valley, Calif.

(415) 289-5777

Ambiance

Spacious and inviting with warm colors and a stunning view of the granite wheel that crushes their award-winning olive oil.

What to order

Pappardelle al coniglio, a homemade wide flat pasta in a mushroom rabbit sauce with veal stock and rosemary.

Who comes here

Family-oriented clientele, celebrity regulars and business executives, as well as numerous wedding receptions.

Sweet Tooth

Torre di chocolate, a chocolate cake with homemade award-winning olive oil, filled with chocolate tot de crème and covered in homemade chocolate sauce.

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