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:

Best Overall:
Albona Ristorante Istriano
Caffe Puccini
Da Flora
Ristorante Ideale
Rose Pistola

Next Best:
Franchino
Macaroni Sciue Sciue
Panta Rei
Pinocchio
Washington Square Bar and Grill

1 comment:

Sharon said...

thanks for the tips--last time we went we went to NB, we ate at the Stinky Rose. grossssssss