Friday, May 04, 2007
North Beach Revisited
North Beach can be pretty touristy, but I still love it. The atmosphere is very energetic and opportunities for people watching abound. You do have to be a little picky about the restaurants if you really want a quality Italian meal.
My favorite is L'Osteria Del Forno. It's pretty tiny and the lines are usually long, but it feels like an authentic European joint. After dinner, I usually head to Stella's for dessert.
A couple years back the Chronicle foodies visited 41 North Beach restaurants over 4 months. (They mentioned L'Osteria as being good, but didn't include them in the test because they don't serve pasta.) Here are the Chronicle food staff's favorite 10:
Albona Ristorante Istriano
Macaroni Sciue Sciue
Washington Square Bar and Grill