Best One-Stop Dinner and a Movie - 2011
Caffe BaoNecci's Giovedi Film
San Francisco, CA 94133
Every second Thursday of the month, this tiny, homey cafe in North Beach run by the Gambaccini family from Lucca, Italy, turns into a movie house. Misanthropes seeking the anonymity of a dark theater need not apply: At BaoNecci, you take your seat at rows of tables where you rub elbows with other film aficionados, and it's just plain awkward not to chitchat. You then share a family-style dinner of antipasti and a seemingly endless tide of thin-crust pizza or pasta carried out by waiters while you watch an Italian movie on a large-screen TV on the wall. The price is $30 a head, everything included. Do make a reservation, because the 30 seats always fill up.