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It's easy to be overwhelmed by all the restaurants in San Francisco's North Beach district. The area, which borders downtown, Fisherman's Wharf, and Chinatown, is full of delicious dining options. From old school Italian delis to contemporary modern restaurants, there is something for everyone. Here are my top picks for the best eateries in NoBe.
E Tutto Qua. There are countless Italian restaurants on the streets of North Beach, but E Tutto Qua, with it's excellent menu of classic dishes and handsome accented waiters, is by far, my favorite one. You can't go wrong with the rigatoni all carbonara, an amazing rendition of the Roman dish, or the pillowy and flavorful gnocchi with pesto. The staff at E Tutto Qua accommodates large groups and can almost always find one table with a minimal wait.
Toni's Pizza Napoletana. Toni's Pizza is hands down the best pizzeria in North Beach. Owner and chef Tony Gemignani has won the title of World Pizza Champion 11 times. His passion for pizza is apparent at this always-packed restaurant with a variety of pizza styles on the menu. If you want to think beyond pizza, there's an assortment of pastas along with a stellar Caesar salad with white anchovies and memorable mussels in a finger-licking good spicy chorizo sauce.
Park Tavern. Located along the historic Washington Square Park, Park Tavern is an upscale eatery with a polished atmosphere, seasonal American cuisine, and stellar wine selection. The smoked deviled eggs and roast chicken with black truffles are personal favorites. Park Tavern has an exceptional weekend brunch and is also available for private events.
Comstock Saloon. Walking into this bar is like walking into San Francisco in another era — the space has been a watering hole in some form or another since 1907. There are quiet booths, mustached bartenders in suspenders, and a quartet of musicians playing lively tunes. The menu is modern renditions of old-fashioned dishes; think fisherman's pie, po'boys, and pigs in a blanket. On Fridays, they offer a special free lunch. All you have to do is order two cocktails.