With its giant Lisa Frank-style horse mural and hand-drawn menus with doodles all over them, Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack feels like someone found their Trapper Keeper from middle school and turned it into a restaurant - and a good one at that. All the food on the classic Italian-American menu is great, from the big bowls of spaghetti and meatballs to the eggplant parmesan. And everything comes in huge portions, too. By the time you’re done with dinner, the only thing you’ll want to do is go home and crash on the sofa.
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Virgil’s Sea Room
When things start to get rowdy at El Rio, Virgil’s is right next door and serves reasonably-priced cocktails.
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Pizzetta 211, in the Richmond, is a great place to know about for a quick pizza and salad dinner.
Amarena is a small Italian spot in Russian Hill that’s great for dropping into on a weeknight for some solid pasta.
Head to Vinorosso, a small Italian wine bar in Bernal Heights, for great wine and small plates.
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Flour + Water Pizzeria
Flour + Water Pizzeria in the Mission will make you happier than your childhood pizza party.
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