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Italian Restaurant, San Francisco, Best Ones are Local Independents

Friendly service, relaxed, interesting atmosphere, and great food are things I look for in an Italian restaurant. San Francisco has many, but the best are the independent ones owned by local Italians...



Italian Restaurant San Francisco

by Brian Honeycutt

San Francisco, Home of Diverse and Exciting Dining Experiences

Whether it’s a Burger joint, Chinese, seafood, or Italian restaurant, San Francisco has just about everything you’re looking for in a dining experience. I personally live in San Diego, but make it a point to travel to San Francisco at least once a year. I’ve eaten at pizzerias in the Haight-Ashbury district, expensive, classy seafood restaurants downtown, and bought groceries from a variety of stores, and I’ve never had an unpleasant eating experience in San Francisco.

San Francisco is known for its diversity and unique atmosphere. This is true of the people, the shops, and each Italian Restaurant. San Francisco is my favorite city because no matter where you go there’s always something you haven’t experienced and a new place to eat or a new dish to try. You can find thrift stores, like the Salvation Army, where you can buy odd fashion at an extremely low price. Yet these shops are also situated right by trendy hat shops that cater to the refined taste of the club scene. San Francisco has an almost unending supply of entertainment and merchandise to cater to every taste.

Friendly service, relaxed but interesting atmosphere, and of course great food are all things I look for in an Italian restaurant. San Francisco has many of these, but I find that the best are those independent restaurants owned by local Italians that cater to the locals. That’s not to say you’ll be disappointed if you’re an out-of-towner, however. Instead you’ll find it a nice treat to dine at an Italian restaurant in San Francisco that knows what its clientele wants because the food will be better and the service more familiar feeling.

Your dining experience doesn’t have to end after you eat at your favorite Italian restaurant. San Francisco is home to a number of famous nightclubs, theatres and opera houses, shops, and festivals such as the Alternative Press Expo or the Folsom Street fair. Don’t forget too that Oakland, Berkeley, and Sacramento are a quick drive away. There’s national landmarks to visit, art shows to attend (no matter if you’re into established modern art or local urban experimentalism), and unique people to meet.

Once while dining in San Francisco, I happened to meet a good friend of mine. My girlfriend and I were visiting San Francisco because we were playing a show the next day for the annual Skronkathon festival. After shopping at the Haight we were faminished, so we decided to try an Italian restaurant. San Francisco happens to be home to a number of hip hop artists, and our friend Troy happens to be one of them. As we were eating, he noticed our recently purchased records and we began to talk about our favorite music. It turned out we had similar tastes, and we ended up going back to Troy’s house for the afternoon. Although this is obviously a personal experience, that’s the kind of thing I’ve come to expect from the restaurants and people of San Francisco.

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