When you have visitors who want a classic SF seafood experience, take them to Sotto Mare. The walls of this North Beach spot are covered in toy boats, wooden steering wheels, and other nautical memorabilia, and the bar is always full of people eating huge portions of Italian-American seafood dishes. Their cioppino is solid, but our favorite thing here is the linguine with seafood - get it with the cream sauce - that has shrimp, clams, squid, diver scallops, and mussels. It’s so big it could feed the entire 49ers defensive line. And if they have branzino as a special, order it - their pan-fried version with butter and capers is as old-school as it gets.
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Gino & Carlo
This old-school sports bar is the best place to grab a drink and shoot pool in North Beach.
Tony’s Coal-Fired Pizza & Slice House
Tony’s Coal-Fired Pizza And Slice House is a quick counter-service version of Tony’s Pizza in North Beach.
Il Casaro Pizzeria & Mozzarella Bar
You must get the burrata when you eat at (or order from) Il Casaro in North Beach.
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Ragazza is better for groups, better for Italian food, and better for outdoor seating than any other place in Nopa.
A16 turns out some of the best pizza in San Francisco. The small plates are close to perfect, and you can actually get a reservation. There’s no catch. Just go.
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Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in North Beach has nearly every style of pizza you can ask for all under one roof.
Trattoria Contadina in North Beach serves fantastic pasta in a warm and welcoming setting.
Tadich Grill in the Financial District is a classic San Francisco steak and seafood spot that you should go to at least once.
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