You could walk past this place a million times thinking, “I’m not going in there, it’s for tourists.” Yes, it is smack in the middle of a lot of touristy Italian spots, and no, it doesn’t look too different from most of them. But it is. Walk in, pick your bread, and order a sandwich made from the wide variety of imported and Molinari-made cured meats. The Renzo and North Beach Special are particularly good.
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Ristorante Parma is an Italian restaurant in the Marina serving classics in a casual atmosphere.
Mamanoko serves sushi and Japanese small plates from their location in the Marina. We love the vegetable tempura fritters.
Tony Nik’s is an old-school bar in North Beach that’s great to sit at when you’re waiting for your table at Tony’s Pizza next door.
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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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The Italian Homemade Company
The Italian Homemade Company in North Beach is a great and easy spot to drop into for homemade pasta.
Saigon Sandwich’s Sandwiches are $4 and pack a punch. They’re the best affordable lunch in the game.
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