Italian >Puccini & Pinetti
129 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410237.785404 -122.408590
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Tenderloin
This is real Italain – One of the few Italian restaurants in the city that serves decent Italian food. It is very busy and noisy but the food is good real Italian food. Don't go to North Beach.
Excellentexcellent – Great place, worth the higher prices for the higher quality food & service. I had a large party and they had space for us at the last minutes when our first reservation at another restaurant got lost.
Everyone had a great tiema nd loved the food and drinks. Will definitley go again.
Food is nothing special, but good for kids – I went with my brother, his wife, and their two sons (age 7 and 10). One of my nephews ordered the "build your own pizza" for kids, and he had a lot of fun with that. Every item on the menu, including the appetizers, had meat, dairy, eggs, or other animal products in it, except for the minestrone soup (which I "assumed" was vegetarian; I didn't ask), and the roasted veggie platter with marsala mushrooms, green beans, sauteed spinach and seasonal vegetables. That's what I ordered, and it was delicious! So if you're vegetarian, there's only one option on the menu for you, but it is REALLY GOOD! Puccini & Pinetti turned out to be the perfect place for my brother and his family to eat on their first night here in California.
Best place ever! ^ year old food critic – If you have kids - this is THE place. Unlike chains, tehy really seem to want you to bring the kids here and the staff bent over backwards to make sure we were happy. They sat us down the moment we arrived (with reservations), brought the food fast, were exceedingly cheerful and gave us so much extra special attention I felt like a celebrity without those annoying paparazzi. Take a kitchen tour! make your own pizza! Order fun fruity drinks! Yeah, we adults had a great time, too. Kudos to a remarkable staff.
User review by setex – sat off/away from the bar area. Happy, loud and social. Layout of the facility is fine if you want to be away from the buzz. Waitstaff in constant motion and attentive. Rissoto was bland. Entre of chicken marsala on a bed of herbed mashed potatoes and spinach was very good (7-8). cheese manicotti was very good/standard. Certainly satisfactory. Merlot/sangiovese wine by the glass was stellar. Worth it if you are in the area. Consider the bar area during happy hour for drinks and pizza. I will next time.
Great Italian! – The food here is great! The portions are very generous and the prices are reasonable. Everything I have had here is great, especially the spaghetti and meatballs and caesar salad.
P&P is delicious and fun – You must try this refreshing San Francisco Italian food venue. Portions are hearty and the tastes delight. The atmosphere is great -- very traditional San Francisco upbeat vibe notwithstanding its touristy surroundings.
Don't bring your mother-in-law – This place is all about energy, theirs and yours. It's a double-shot espresso tossed back hot and fast. I've never seen it less than packed. Get to know your neighbors, make your waiter your partner in the experience and good things happen. The roasted mussles appetizer and the scampi; I'm good until next time. And there will always be a next time.
most fun i had in union square! – Everytime I come to Union Square I make a point of stopping at Puccini & Pinetti. Being a local in the city, it is nice to find a reasonably priced Italian restaurant in the center of downtown. The General Manager, Melissa and the wait staff are extremely friendly, knowledgable, and accomidating. I had the "chicken marsala" which was delicious! And my partner had the "Baked Snapper" which was served over fresh veggies in a pesto crust. When you go you must try the Rasberry Lemontini, just don't have too many! With so many restaurants in the city, this one you can always count on to have great food, and great service.
We went there on Valentine's night and despite a crowd we we seated in the cocktail area. A violin player walked around playing . I had lamb with resoto which was outstanding. My wife had a beef filet with the biggest shrimp I've ever seen. Our friend had ravioli stuffed with truffles in a sweet white sauce which she enjoyed emencely. We finished our meal with grappa and a chocolet delight concocted for Valentines ,delious. The service was laid back and friendly no aires. Just a fantastic entertaining nite out.
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