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Best Italian Cuisine San Francisco 2010 - La Ciccia

La Ciccia

La Ciccia

291 30th St.

San Francisco, CA 94131


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Readers' Choice: Delfina

Italian influences have become so much a part of California cuisine that it's almost impossible for a San Franciscan to distinguish the two. Is Incanto's nettle risotto "Italian"? How about Acquerello's stuffed guinea hen? Delfina's wild fennel sausage with lentils? No diss on these great restaurants, but La Ciccia stands out for the love its Sardinian chef showers on the food of his people. Massimiliano Conti's food is exciting because it's so distinctive — fava beans roasted whole and served with a few slices of sheeps'-milk cheese; spaghetti seasoned with dried tuna roe; sole served with braised lettuces and a mellow, earthy green olive sauce. There's nothing superfluous in his cooking, and it's just as season-specific as anything you'll find at Boulevard, but La Ciccia's food is rife with flavors most Californians have never encountered outside Europe.

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just checked their dishes at and i think i would go for the spicy octopus stew!

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