This place is classic! I don't know if you've ever been to a Sushi restaurant, that is more like a club - you know - Saki bombs, and loud music? This place is the Italian version. The "staff" consists of a bunch of Italian guys in their 20s or 30s who literally spent a quarter of their time whistling at females walking by the "Steps of Rome." I mean, it was all good natured, and it was mostly hilarious. A few of the women did come in for a drink.
There was a table of about 10 girls in their 20s that garnered most of the attention of the staff, but our service didn't really suffer. My group (in their 30s) had a great time; the food was adequate, but not outstanding (I wouldn't have expected anything else). The waiters had some kind of tradition, maybe it was for the women patron's birthday - but, it involved some version of a lap dance (given by the waiter), and a scoop of foam on a spoon that was licked by the customer??? Yeah, I know sounds kind of creepy, but nobody seemed to mind.
In general, I would say this place is worth checking out if you have an open-minded group that likes a caffe style eatery, cheesy Italian (but nice) waiters, and loud music.
I think this place has a sister restaurant, that is much more mellow, on the same block.
Favorite Dish: I remember the Margherita pizza being good, and the Caprese Salad was fine.
Since there are so many Italian restaurants in the North Beach area, we just walked around and picked this one at random. This trattoria is a cute, small, cozy space not to be confused with the larger Steps of Rome down the block. The service was fast, and the food was great.
Favorite Dish: We had the caprese appetizer, and the tomatoes were very fresh. I had fusilli with eggplant and my husband chose one of the daily specials: fettucini with porcini mushrooms and truffles. We tasted each others dishes and everything was delicious.
The best Italian food outside of Italy is in North Beach, San Francisco. There are two Steps of Rome(on the same block). One is like a cafe and the other is a full restaurant. Both serve amazing food. Also, don't miss out on some tiramisu with cappuccino. For more info, check website http://stepsofrome.citysearch.com/
Favorite Dish: Everything on the menu.
This hole in the wall Italian Restaurant located in the North Beach district of San Francisco doesn't look like much but the food shows otherwise. Honestly, this is some of the best Italian pasta I have ever had outside of Italy. The decor is nothing fancy but the food divine.
This restaurant has one the award for the best Italian restaurant in San Francisco in 2004.
Favorite Dish: I ordered the chicken and veal tortellini in cream sauce and topped with shredded prosciutto. and the tarfutata for desert. I definitely reccomend!
The best and coolest place in North Beach for people-watching and for Serie A tifosi to congregate! You'll feel like you're back in Italy when you come here... friendly Italian waiters, delicious pasta (mama mia!)... great Italian pop music and all-round ultra-cool ambience.
Lots of Italians (and I suppose, Americans) patronize this eaterie... including one Singaporean gal ;-)
Favorite Dish: I love all kinds of pasta. But my favorite pasta dish is definitely the Spaghetti ai fruitti di mare (seafood pasta). Molto magnifico! Don't forget to order their yummy Bruschetta and Carpaccio. Their Scamorsa and Funghi (read: mushrooms and mozzarella cheese) is another must-try. And to finish off your delicious Italian meal, the desserts here are to-die-for.
Note: The eaterie was recently given the accolade of Best "Fettuccine Bolognese"
in the 2005 issue of "Northside Best of Food". Congratulations!
Located in North Beach, the Steps of Rome has got to be one of my absolute favorites in the entire city. It's the kind of place where you walk by and there'll be an guy standing outside, asking people in a thick accent "Heya, you have to a come in here and to a eat. No, no, no, you must a come in and a eat." It's the kind of place where waiters throw their hands around and exclaim in Italian is nothing but de rigueur. As the website says, this is definitly where San Francisco meets Italy. Sometimes you'll hear Italian spoken here more than English.
The place is always busy with people, and the waiters are truly great and fun to be served by. Plus, the atmosphere is very Italian, and the food is delicious. Perhaps the only downside is that it can be expensive, but for such a great atmosphere and good food, it's worth it.
Favorite Dish: Rigatoni con Salsiccia large tube pasta with Italian sausage, garlic and tomato sauce $7.50
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