Camille Venezia is the Director of Workforce Research, Global Business Division, Knoll, Inc. She presented at the Dallas .. Her husband Angelo is Italian and runs two seasonal businesses in Zihuatanejo, Mexico from November to April. One is an Italian Deli/tratoria called Piazza d' Angelo. He does all the food preparation. The other is a scooter, kayak, bicycle, beach moto rental business. They lived in San Francisco for years and Angelo provides his favorite Italian places to eat there. They are listed below.
Florio - Fillmore Street (Pacific Heights) Open table writes, “Florio offers a variety of bistro and trattoria classics, a "greatest hits" of rustic cafe food- from steak & fries and pan-roasted all-natural chicken to roasted suckling pig and Tuscan-style seafood stew. Simple dishes such as slow roasted halibut and house made bolognese round out the comforting menu. Florio even makes its own gelato and sorbetto en casa!” It is located at 1915 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, (415) 775-4300
Ideale - Grant Street (North Beach), City Search says, “Maurizio the Roman chef's dishes reflect the way Italians really eat. An appetizer of zucchini with truffle oil and Parmesan cheese is so delicious it's difficult to share, as are the scrumptious, smoky bundles of grilled calamari with arugula. Pastas are homemade and merit return visits, including some toothy orecchiette with pecorino and rapini,” It is located at 1315 Grant Ave (Cross Street: Vallejo Street),
Ristorante Pazzia - 3rd St (near Moscone Center) City Search says, “The dining room also offers full views of the open kitchen. Starters include thin, light, tastefully dressed pizzas, salads and Italian bread. Entrees range from roasted rabbit in a rosemary, black olive and red wine sauce to lighter alternatives like the nightly fish dishes, fresh focaccia sandwiches or authentic special pastas.” It is located at 337 3rd St (Cross Street: Folsom Street), San Francisco, (415) 512-1693
Cafe Tiramisu - Belden Place (a charming alley in the Financial District). The Belden place site says, “If you want to experience a taste of Europe in downtown San Francisco, head for Café Tiramisu, a Northern Italian specialty restaurant located on Belden Place, between Bush and Pine Street. This little gem sports Fresco murals of Pompeii on its walls and outdoor café seating that offers some of the best people watching in the city.” It is located at 28 Belden Place, San Francisco, 415-421-7044
My daughter Sarah recently moved there and we will be soon be going to Quince, an Italian in Pacific Heights that sounds good. I will report on the experience. It is located at 1701 Octavia St (Cross Street: Bush Street) San Francisco, 415-775-8500. City Search says, “Chef Michael Tusk's seasonal fare fuses traditional Italian dishes with impeccable French technique. The winter menu flaunts several culinary showpieces, such as nettle sformato, a moist soufflé-like dish blanketed in béchamel-like fonduta.”