Best Old-Style Italian - 2008
Sodini's Green Valley Restaurant
When you're feeling sentimental for an old-style Italian restaurant, quit reminiscing and get to Sodini's Green Valley Restaurant in North Beach. The ambiance you long for includes the requisite checkered tablecloths and candles stuffed in old wine bottles. There's a cozy bar area, where locals often stop in for a quick glass of wine and a bit of gossip with the bartenders, who seem to know everything going on in the neighborhood. It's also not unusual to see politicos or poets having a drink and acting as if they don't know one another. The menu offers generous portions of excellent pastas, including delicious tortellinis. For an appetizer, try the penne con gamberi in cream sauce; if you're looking for an old-style protein hit, try the pepper steak.