Worth Every Penne – Haute Cuisine San Francisco

La Ciccia
291 30th Street
San Francisco, CA 94131

This small, cozy and energetic Italian Trattoria feels like being in Italy

What to order
A must is the Baby Octopus Stew in a Spicy Tomato Sauce and Spaghittusu Cun Bottariga (Fresh Spaghetti with Cured Mullet Roe). Sweet tooth Sardinian Ricotta Saffron Cake with Saffron Honey.

Who comes here
Mike Patton, David Byrne, Tim Roth , Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Lindsay Hogg, Max Biaggi, football legend Joe Montana and celebrity chefs such as Jacques Water, Gary Danko and are among the notables here.

Flour + Water
2401 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Flour + water has a warm and welcoming atmosphere—with wood tones and reclaimed materials used throughout the intimate and comfortable space.

What to order
It’s hard to pick a best dish, but some favorites include the restaurant’s pizzas, in varieties such as Bianco Verde with Fava Leaves, Shaved Asparagus, Ricotta and Agrumato. Executive chef-partner Thomas McNaughton’s handmade pastas have also won much acclaim. Made fresh everyday, the selection includes Campanelle with Tesa, Asparagus, Cured Egg and Bread Crumbs. Another favorite is Savory Tagliarini with Braised Quail, Pork Belly and Snap Peas.

Sweet tooth
It’s hard to pick a favorite here but one particular standout sweet is The Chocolate Budino with Caramel Cream and Sea Salt.

Who comes here
Flour + water’s clientele is a diverse

3621 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

This San Francisco classic for Italian food has a warm, inviting and authentic feel to it, with a hip Mission vibe. As expected with such a well-established reputation, Delfina is always packed to capacity.

What to order
Delfina makes simple and straight forward, albeit delicious, Italian food. You can’t go wrong with the house made pastas, risottos, and specialty dishes. Copa Di Testa, Speck, Grilled Fresh Calamari, and the classic Spaghetti are all diner favorites. The Roasted Fulton Valley Chicken is a house specialty.

Sweet Tooth
The Lemon Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Mango and Hibiscus and seriously not to be missed! If you are feeling adventurous, go for the Olive Oil Gelato.

Who Comes Here
This James Beard Award winner is on the top of most notable San Franciscans’’ lists. With top-notch service to match the highestquality ingredients and innovative dishes, it attracts its chic Mission neighbors, is a must-try for

1722 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Situated in a former chapel, the small dining area is warm and authentically Mediterranean. It boasts exposed rustic wood beams, classic arches, and always accented with the most stunning of flower arrangements.

What to order
The dining experience here is second to none. The food is presented in the most beautiful of ways and servers are both attentive and knowledgeable. Choose between the Prix Fixe, Classic Tasting and Seasonal Tasting menus to experience both classic and contemporary Italian interpretations. Favorite dishes include the Pear and Foie Gras Raviolo, the Risotto of Grana Padano and the Bavette of American Kobe Beef. Acquerello also boasts one of the most extensive Italian wine menus in the city.

Sweet Tooth
Just try to resist the Bourbon Caramel Semifreddo with Amaretti Crumbs and Drizzle of Chocolate Sauce