We have no hate for North Beach, sometimes you just want to find a bomb pasta that isn’t set in a neighborhood entirely devoted to Italian fare. So we’re here to fill you in on where to get the best noodles, not in North Beach. This way you avoid interaction with tourists as well, so really it’s a win-win.
With a changing menu based on seasonal ingredients as well as a $75 pasta tasting option for the indecisive folks, the noodles here are standouts. With options to satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike, this Mission spot should be on the top of your list. Because it’s no secret, be prepared for a bit of a wait, it’s more than worth it, and allows you to grab a cocktail at nearby standout bar Trick Dog.
490 Pacific Ave and 470 Pacific Ave
These neighboring noodle joints have the same a kitchen, menu items, and chef but that’s where the similarities end. Quince provides a buttoned-up atmosphere, perfect for special celebrations, while Cotogna has a laid-back vibe that’ll work for weekend nights with gal pals or after work bites. The menus are also seasonal, so you’ll likely never need to eat the same thing twice (although you’ll probably want to).
1911 Fillmore St.
Inventive flavor combinations like sea urchin, bacon and quail egg separate this contemporary Italian spot from the rest. With a Michelin star to its name, Matthew Accarrinno is here to keep your palletes and plates happy. The menu changes constantly but the quality and taste are a priority here.
4. Uva Enoteca
568 Haight St.
We didn’t expect one of the best pastas in SF to come out of the Lower Haight either, but hear us out on this one. The extensive wine list here and a killer happy hour would be enough to draw us in, but add in some darn tasty appetizers and a boar bolognese lasagna and you already know that we’re one glass of rosé and a bread basket deep here. Plus the ambiance is very date-friendly, and for the truly lazy among us, they are available on Caviar.
1270 Valencia St.
Is there any kind of food the Mission can’t excel at making? We’re not sure, but with pasta this good we aren’t about to question it. The classy meets casual ambiance and the freshly made pasta keep diners coming back for more. They also sell fresh and dried pasta to take home because you’ll want to whip up some of your own Italian fare after tasting theirs.
2355 Chestnut St.
You may not know it but you have a lot to thank A16 for doing from bringing pork belly and burrata onto Italian restaurant tables, to utilizing sea salt on savory and sweet items like said burrata and chocolate budino. Lastly, this spot made sure we learned to appreciate Italian wine made outside of Chianti.
3621 18th St.
One of the OG Italian spots, hiding out in the Mission, Delfina makes simple taste damn good. Seriously, I dare you to find better spaghetti with tomato sauce, roast chicken, and mashed potatoes, or a spot worthy of a 30 day in advance reservation that isn’t NOPA.
8. Seven Hills
1550 Hyde St.
While it may be located in tourist central, the ravioli here pleases visitors and locals alike, and with good reason. The pasta dish is made with brown butter, ricotta, and a liquid farm egg yolk center that oozes seductively when punctured. The heart attack after consumption is worth it, trust. A date friendly ambiance makes it a win-win, where you can consume carbs and lovingly look into your
pasta’s partner’s eyes.
9. La Ciccia
291 30th St.
Knockout item on the menu here, roe, provides a flavorful and salty kick to the Sardinian inspired fare here. Bottarga is what makes this spot famous, and you’d be a damn fool not to order it here. It’s also in Noe Valley, so in case you don’t want to withstand the long wait at Mission spot Flour + Water, you’re a quick walk away to tasty Italian bites with a dash of creativity.
So there you have it, the can’t miss pasta that SF has to offer outside of North Beach. Have any favorites we missed? Let us know in the comments!