This Pac Heights Trattoria’s catchphrase could be “When You’re Here, You’re Family” if a certain breadstick-filled chain hadn’t trademarked and bastardized the sentiment. The pasta dishes at Jackson are simple and straightforward, but taste like they are made with love (in this context love means generous portions of cream and cheese). Start with the calamari and work your way through everything from the carbonara to the gnocchi, and keep it in mind for your next weeknight group dinner - reservations aren’t too hard to come by.
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Sorrel is an upscale California-Italian place in Pac Heights that’s designed to impress, even if they do everything a little too by the book.
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Down to talk loudly and eat a ton of burrata in the Mission? Get yourself to Beretta for excellent Italian small plates.
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For a casual last-minute dinner in the Marina, The Italian Homemade Co. is a solid option.
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Food for the Lululemon crowd, and for us too. Jane on Fillmore finely toes the line between healthy and delicious. If only they were open for dinner.
Che Fico, on the edge of NoPa, serves excellent Italian food in an impressively designed space.
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