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Italian Restaurant$$$$
Jackson Square, San Francisco
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    "Best pasta I have ever tasted!! Raviolo (not ravioli!)"(19 Tips)
    Angela G.
    "Try the eggplant sformato & the quail."(6 Tips)
    Peter B.
    "Fresh pastas are amazing."(5 Tips)
    "Tagliatelle w/sweet crab w/lime juice & pepper"(6 Tips)
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  • raviolo
  • good for dates
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  • sformato
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  • Doug d.heart icon on user image
    Doug de WetJuly 26, 2016
    The Raviolo di ricotta is decadent and wonderful. Rich egg yolk, nutty brown butter, salty aged cheese, sweet, creamy ricotta enclosed in perfect fresh pasta to form a luxurious, sexy umami bomb.
  • Wilson F.heart icon on user image
    Wilson Favre-DelerueFebruary 4, 2018
    Warm and inviting, esp. evenings w/ superb lighting and a fire burning in the wood-fired oven and asado. If you don’t mind the heat, sit at the counter and see the delicious magic happen.
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 4, 2014
    The warmth of the flickering hearth in the kitchen, great service, an innovative fixed price wine program, and Michael Tusk's pasta throwbacks make this one of the best Italian Restaurants in SF. Read more
  • Riad M.heart icon on user image
    Riad MJanuary 8, 2022
    The focaccia is huge but soo light and airy. The ravioli as good as everyone says, and then some. And the fried tuscan chicken is juicy with a nice kick. The occidental pinot noir was a bonus! Perfect
  • Peter B.heart icon on user image
    Peter BergAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Fresh pastas are amazing. Hard to go wrong. They also have great cocktails and a wine list where every bottle is just $40. My favorite, though, are their roasted meats. They'll often roast a whole pig
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KaminskiSeptember 5, 2015
    Super trendy/warm ambiance. Agnolotti was delish. My boyfriend had two servings of the wild nettle &Chesnut honey tortellini. He said it was heaven in a pasta pocket and the best pasta he ever had!
  • Ashok L.heart icon on user image
    Ashok LalwaniMarch 29, 2015
    Trendy place with a great wine list. Server recommended amazing wines that went well with food and also my prefs. Mushroom, kale & smoked ricotta pizza was delicious. Highly recommend the desserts.
  • Samuel G.heart icon on user image
    Samuel GiddinsApril 9, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Burrata, lamb, and tagliatelle were all among the best items I've ever had in the city.
  • Marc
    MarcJanuary 25, 2016
    Eater '16 BEST SPOT 4 SOLO LUNCH - Dining room or sit outside; Tagliatelle w/sweet crab w/lime juice & pepper; feather-shaped fillets of Petrale sole w/peas. 4dessrt: rhubarb clafouti w/pistch gelato
  • AD N.
    AD NysOctober 20, 2013
    No reservations? No worries. Cozy up to the fire at the chef's counter. Enjoy a close-up view of the pizza, veggie and wood-fired prep and friendly conversation with the sous chefs.
  • Léo G.heart icon on user image
    Léo GrimaldiAugust 24, 2019
    Any Gelato is fantastic. Madeleine's mint gelato is just the best mint icecream ever, kudos to Madeleine. And then there's their rooftop honey comb gelato, it's so good, kudos to the bees.
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 16, 2016
    The brick- and wood-lined dining room is animated without being frantic, the cooking defines the modern California-Italian ethos, and Michael Tusk is nothing less than a pasta savant. Read more
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    The pastas are all handmade, and if there's any variation of bolognese on the menu, order it. The pizzas have a crackly, paper thin crust with a delicate sprinkling of local, seasonal ingredients. Read more
  • Verne H.heart icon on user image
    Verne HoJune 18, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely a favorite for Italian in the city. The pasta is insane. Pizza is as you’d expect from a wood fire oven. Cocktails are dependably solid (try the espresso martini with bourbon).
  • Andrew L.heart icon on user image
    Andrew LamJuly 15, 2013
    My runner-up favorite restaurant in SF. What can I say? The food is awesome and the service is perfect. Non-reserve wines are all $40/bottle. NB: Sunday suppers and weekday brown bag lunches!
  • Marcela S.heart icon on user image
    Marcela SaponeSeptember 5, 2016
    Be hungry when you come -- everything is good -- but cocktails are a little sweet so ask for them without syrup (it's not listed)
  • Eater
    EaterApril 12, 2016
    Cotogna is the casual Italian restaurant of your dreams, an easy E38 pick. Good luck getting a table, though. Read more
  • M
    MAugust 22, 2017
    Best pasta I have ever tasted!! Raviolo (not ravioli!) With egg and brown sugar was to die for! The triangolini with chives and corn also nice but a bit sweet.
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeAugust 26, 2023
    Excellent pastas and pizza….but generally just dining experience. The corn filled pasta was def the highlight for me, but the fam loved the gnocco frito
  • olivier P.
    olivier PEYREOctober 13, 2017
    Modern Italian in North Beach. Every meal I've had there (including brunch) was a treat for the eyes and mouth. And they offer lovely sidewalk seating.
  • Dilek U.heart icon on user image
    Dilek UnarMarch 25, 2018
    Mushroom,leek and ricotta pizza is yummy. As an appetizer, avocado salad and potato & garlic soup is definitely recommended. Panna cotta with honeycombs is great.
  • Aysu O.heart icon on user image
    Aysu OzgurJanuary 4, 2019
    Warm environment, great service, and delicious food. We ordered the prosciutto appetizer, mushroom pizza, raviolo, and sirloin. The only thing we would not order again is the sirloin.
  • Mike D.heart icon on user image
    Mike DJune 7, 2016
    The all $50 wine list is a cool idea. Sit at the bar in front of the pizza oven on a chilly night & listen to a tech bro try to impress his date by speaking Spanish to the cooks.
  • Awen T.heart icon on user image
    Awen ThomasOctober 23, 2015
    One of the best place for Italian food in San Francisco, CA. They provide good food service and the bar is open throughout the day. Read more
  • Yukoheart icon on user image
    YukoMay 14, 2013
    Mimosa was really fresh, so good match for hot day's brunch. I ordered asparagus, ravioli, and halibut. Not big-volume, but so tasty. Food was served with yummy focaccia. Atmosphere was stylish.
  • SFGate
    SFGateJanuary 13, 2015
    The eggs Benedict here are made with prosciutto cotto rather than Canadian bacon and are blanketed with a hollandaise sauce so rich it deserves its own tax bracket. Read more
  • Ievyy M.heart icon on user image
    Ievyy MMay 6, 2019
    Definitely best place in town!!! Try and you will not regret staying in long queue
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureSeptember 27, 2013
    Most plates come from the open hearth, including succulent, spit-roasted meats and wood-fired pizzas. The pastas are a must—try the buttery raviolo di ricotta with farm egg.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Ricotta ravioli with farm egg; agnolotti dal plin; pizza; spit-roasted pork; house-made mortadella; carrots roasted with rooftop honey; fruit crostata. Read more
  • Douglas G.heart icon on user image
    Douglas GrayMay 26, 2019
    The raviolo di ricotta with farm egg is fantastic. Use a spoon so you don’t leave any of the filling/sauce behind.
  • Wally N.heart icon on user image
    Wally NJune 25, 2018
    This is certainly the best Italian in SF and that’s a damning indictment of the Italian food scene here. It is totally fine—wonderful relative other north beach options—but just not that great.
  • Nathan J.heart icon on user image
    Nathan JSeptember 20, 2019
    My favorite Italian spot in the bay. Get the raviolo and the truffle pasta. Service is outstanding.
  • Elias B.heart icon on user image
    Elias BizOctober 12, 2015
    Amazing food. The Sunday fixed menu was awesome: tasty, varied and filling. Except for the still water bottle: it tastes like tap water for $12.
  • @mecee (.heart icon on user image
    One of the better Italian programs on a wine list I’ve seen in recent years. Look for the value selections in there—some solid finds.
  • Andrew H.heart icon on user image
    Andrew HarastaMarch 27, 2018
    Ravioli are some of the best I’ve ever had! Food and service was amazing, would love to try chef’s table or brunch sometime.
  • Block122heart icon on user image
    Block122June 29, 2012
    Get there early and grab a seat at the bar. Drink by the glass so you can experience as many of the amazing Italian varietals as possible. Menu changes alot. Put yourself in the waiter's hands.
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    markFebruary 16, 2017
    One of the best meals you can have in this price range anywhere. Chef combinations were incredible. Get a side of focaccia
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    One of the best deals in the city is the nightly three-course menu for $24. No wonder Cotogna is one of the most coveted reservations in town. Read more
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KingSeptember 18, 2014
    It's off-menu, but the vegan risotto with brussels sprouts is AMAZING. I wanted to lick the plate, but this is a fancy-ish place, so I kept it together like a lady.
  • The Taste Sheriffheart icon on user image
    The Taste SheriffFebruary 1, 2018
    Cotogna has among the best pasta dishes in San Francisco. It's pricey and the portions are small but expect to eat really well!
  • Priya S.
    Priya SaiprasadMarch 9, 2013
    Both the pizzas and pastas are great but the real highlight is the focaccia bread you get at the beginning. It's incredible! And the wine selection is fabulous.
  • Filipe F.
    Filipe FortesJanuary 31, 2013
    Paleo Options - Apps: Sardines, Coppa di Testa, Vitello tonnato; Mains: Grilled Sea Bass, Rabbit, various specials; Sides: Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli, Roasted Sunchokes
  • Nmheart icon on user image
    NmMarch 4, 2016
    One of the best ravioli ever but very small portion .. Wild nettles pizza is a must ..
  • Arden G.
    Arden GinsbergAugust 25, 2013
    The food is fabulous. Clean simple fresh flavors. Squash affogato, yum. Gnocchi delicious. Next time I'm in town this is the place to go.
  • Kristen A.heart icon on user image
    Kristen AJuly 25, 2017
    Do not skip dessert. The chocolate hazelnut budino is incredible.
  • Lockhart S.heart icon on user image
    Lockhart SteeleFebruary 3, 2011
    What to order: pastas (especially the single giant ravioli) and pork. What to skip: pizza. What to appreciate: David Lynch's amazing wine list, with every bottle costing $40. I love this restaurant.
  • Megan Allisonheart icon on user image
    Megan AllisonOctober 31, 2018
    Skip antipasto and pizza and eat as many of their transcendent pasta dishes as you can in one sitting, with a flawless Nebbiolo. 👌
  • Maria O.heart icon on user image
    Maria OrlovskaiaSeptember 20, 2017
    Very tasty! Everything! Appetizers, pizza, trout and desserts! One of the best Italian restaurants in SF 😍
  • Rebecca M.heart icon on user image
    Such a delightful lunch with focaccia, raviolo au ouvo and tagliatelle! Very nice.
  • Jeff D.heart icon on user image
    Jeff DemartiniApril 19, 2016
    The bolognese pasta! Tastefully done and perfectly cooked. As well and the fried frog legs.
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