L'Osteria Del Forno, San Francisco

5 out of 5 stars 4 Reviews

519 Columbus Avenue (415) 982-1124

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    L'Osteria del Forno: Italian

    by dila Updated Aug 24, 2006

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    italian restaurant

    open
    Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu 11:30am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-10:30pm
    we had a vt meeting here.
    on the picture Rixie (Laverne and her husband) Kelly
    topoftheworld (kris)
    el_holandes (my ex husband josé)
    and me taking the picture

    Favorite Dish: i liked the pizza.

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    L'Osteria del forno: It will make you say, "Mamma Mia!!"

    by acemj Updated Aug 21, 2004

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    Roasted Fennel with Carrots
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    One of the best meals I've had in a long time!! This place is an awesome, authentic, Northern Italian place located in the heart of San Fran's Italian neighborhood, North Beach. The place only sits 25 or 30 people, so there's a good chance that you'll have to wait for a table (we waited about 20 minutes). The atmosphere is very romantic and the the service was authentic Italian, which means not overly attentive, but business-like and knowledgeable when asked about the food.

    Favorite Dish: We ordered exclusively from the specials board because everything sound so good. We had Swiss Chard and Gruyere Gratin which was unbelievable. Gooey cheese and strong on taste. Along with that, we had Roasted Fennel and Carrots, which was the perfect accompaniment to the stronger taste of the Gruyere cheese. Fennel of course, is a more subtle taste. Then, for the main course, we split a deliciously fresh and simple pumpking ravioli and had a great Sangiovese to go along with it all. The wine was uniquely served in water glasses. I can overlook that . . . ;-)

    * with tip the bill was $70, so it might be closer to $31-40 per person . . .

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    L'Osteria: Great Italian!

    by rnj1 Written Apr 17, 2004

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    L'Osteria Italian Restaurant

    This is a marvelous little Italian restaurant on Columbus (500 block). The food was extraordinary and the service was superb. Only 28 seats but was never rushed. Arrive before 11:30 a.m. or after 1:00 p.m. and you shouldn't have to wait. This was one of my favorite restaurants in SF. For SF it was very modestly priced.

    Favorite Dish: Be sure to eat Tiramisu for dessert

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    L'Osteria de Forno: Buon appetito!

    by karenincalifornia Updated Jan 23, 2004

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    L'Osteria de Forno, North Beach, San Francisco

    Great tiny little Italian bistro (only 28 seats) in North Beach. Staff is Italian. Owned by two Italian women from Varese and Bologna. Long lines at lunch. Get there before noon or after 1pm. No reservations. No credit cards accepted. Lunch and dinner.

    Favorite Dish: Delicious antipasto, foccacio sandwiches, pizza, pasta. Save room for tiramisu.

    Pay no attention to that cop busting the guys in the corner of this picture. We don't. Seriously, North Beach is very safe.

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