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Best Place to Eat and Drink Like a Big Shot San Francisco 2013 - Capo's



641 Vallejo St.

San Francisco, CA 94133


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New or old, few places capture the Platonic ideal of how mob-run 1930s Italian red sauce joints might have looked and felt as well as Capo's. Owner and pizza mastermind Tony Gemignani's restaurant is both opulent and comfortable, decorated with old bricks, vibrant red leather booths, and whiskey barrels. Here, you are the boss and you get treated as such with some of San Francisco's best renditions of classic Italian fare like Chicken Vesuvio, linguine and clams, or one of several pies named after famous mob bosses like the Sam Giancana ($26-$28, tomato sauce, mozzarella, provolone, house honey calabrese sausage, Chicago Italian sausage, garlic, oregano, romano) in variations that include deep dish, cast iron pan, stuffed, or cracker-thin crust. Don't miss out on bar manager Elmer Mejicanos' exceptional whiskey cocktails like the Wise Guy ($12, Wild Turkey Rye Whiskey, fresh lemon, cracked white pepper, orange marmalade, agave nectar, fresh oregano).

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