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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El Rio in Bernal Heights is one of our old reliables - especially with it’s excellent outdoor space.
Vega Pizzeria is a Bernal Heights Italian restaurant serving cheesy baked rigatoni and rich gnocchi boscaiola in an intimate space.
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Roma Antica serves casual Italian in the Marina that works for lunch, brunch, and dinner.
Marcella’s Lasagneria in the Dogpatch serves excellent lasagnas with ultra-thin pasta, creamy béchamel, and tomato sauce.
Head to Vinorosso, a small Italian wine bar in Bernal Heights, for great wine and small plates.
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