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Italian Restaurant, Pizza Place, and Wine Bar$$$$
Mission District, San Francisco
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  • Eater
    EaterDecember 5, 2014
    The opening media buzz has died down, but F+W continues to gather lines at 5 p.m. nightly, packing the house with its sophisticated pizzas and pastas served in a lively, casual atmosphere. Read more
  • Doug d.
    Extremely enjoyable! Frequent menu changes make specific recommendations tricky, but we loved our seasonal fried green tomato starter and summer squash pasta. Pizza is also fabulous.
  • Carlos G.
    Carlos GutierrezMay 12, 2015
    The pizza here is top-3 in San Francisco, maybe even number one (the crust is just perfect). Pasta made from scratch, great salumi appetizers, and a short rib fetucine to die for. Amazing service, A++
  • Iris N.
    Iris NgDecember 27, 2014
    Reservations! Or come before it opens and wait in line because they have limited amount of communal table seating for first come first service basis. Pizzas and pastas of course!!
  • Brett M.
    Brett MurioMarch 2, 2015
    No reservations? Get there early, stand in line and sit at the community table. 1st time here? Pass up the pizza and go directly for the pasta. Better yet, order the set menu. This place is awesome!
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 16, 2014
    Best freshly made pasta. Excellent pasta tasting and wine pairing menus. Good for a special occasion but pretty affordable. Make a reservation or be prepared to put your name down and come back later.
  • Staff Picks
    This Italian restaurant is one of the most romantic dinner spots in SF. Situated in the Potrero Hill district, flour + water's candlelit vibe has diners swooning at their dates and plates alike. Read more
  • Meghana D.
    Meghana DharJune 21, 2013
    Veggie reccos: pasta- goat-cheese triangoli; pizza- pomodoro; dessert- chocolate budino (sinful, loved sea salt). Pro tip: get here early on a week day and you don't need reservations (20 min wait)
  • Kenneth B.
    Kenneth BergerApril 27, 2013
    Their pizza and pasta is incredible, but too casual to bother reserving in advance. Come early (5:30) or late (9:30) without expectation of getting in, when you do the surprise will be all the better.
  • Reserve
    ReserveMarch 17
    The Margarita pizza from flour + water is a perfect pie — combining the restaurant’s regional Italian influences with a touch of California flare. Read more
  • Sweet N.
    Sweet NicouzeAugust 24, 2013
    Excellent food by chef Thomas McNauighton and effective and friendly service at this italian foodie place in Mission. Good Italian wine selection and excellent pork-based dishes.
  • Katherine B.
    Katherine BarnaSeptember 3, 2014
    Wonderful pasta and pizza and a great selection of Italian wine. Don't miss out on the fennel pollen battered olives filled with ricotta w/ aioli on the side. Whoa.
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    I'm not sure whether I prefer the pizza, which sets standards for wood-oven Neapolitan style in the Bay Area; the pasta, which rivals Quince's; or the main courses. Read more
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Pasta tasting menu, featuring five pastas, appetizer and dessert ($65); chocolate budino tart with espresso caramel cream. Read more
  • Reserve
    ReserveJanuary 28
    The restaurant works directly with farms to craft dishes for the menu — which changes daily — executed with the help of a classic wood-fired oven and in-house butchery. Read more
  • Lindsey K.
    Beautiful restaurant. Ask for a scoop of the sweet corn gelato off the pasta tasting menu for your dessert!
  • Paulette B.
    Paulette BleamMarch 19, 2013
    Always ask (very nicely) for the half order of pasta. No matter how busy they are, the chef tends to allow it. That way, you can get a wider variety of amazing pasta.
  • Sukhjeet
    SukhjeetNovember 12, 2012
    Via Nick: Get the pasta, veg sides (choice of 2, ask for rec's), pizza, might want to skip the app's and mains. Dessert: chocolate budino or brown cake (often better than it sounds).
  • Katie T.
    Katie TDecember 7, 2012
    Half the restaurant is available for walk in's. The pizza is good, but the pasta is better!! Save room for dessert, the chocolate budino with espresso and sea salt is amazing!
  • Veronica H.
    Veronica HJuly 22, 2011
    Worth the wait! The pork and fig raviolini was really good. Get the corn salad with ham cracklings, such a great sweet flavor with the salty, and the chanterelles. Save room for the chocolate fleur
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RaeSeptember 15, 2013
    Zagat 26. Cost: $49. amazing" wood-fired pies &"incredible", high-end pastas, "industrial-chic"; quarters are "tight", music's "loud", waits discourage some, "go early on a slow night"
  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    The Golden Gate Blend of coffee from Mr. Espresso and served in a press pot is rich and velvety, finishing the meal on a note as high as it began. Read more
  • Joyce S.
    Joyce SohnAugust 26, 2012
    Why even look at the menu when they offer an all-pasta tasting menu? And pair your meal with their ultimate cocktail for chicks: The Americano. It's amazing so drink it proudly 
  • Giovanna H.
    OMG this place is AMAZING!!!!!!! A little expensive but you get what you pay for. All Italian imports & ingredients made from scratch in house!
  • Brant M.
    The house made pastas reign supreme in the city with pastas ranging from delicately ethereal manti to seductively rich radiatore with braised pork
  • timoni w.
    timoni westApril 17, 2013
    Go here late, say nine or so, and with no more than two people. Sit at the bar & make friends with everyone. Get the chickpeas and red wine.
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesNovember 22, 2010
    Great wine list. Opt for Le Terrazze's big, fruity Rosso Conero (based on montepulciano grape); if you want a lighter wine, with brighter acidity, try Enfer d’Arvier (based on the petit rouge grape).
  • Slice Pizza Blog
    Slice Pizza BlogAugust 20, 2011
    The bone marrow and rapini pizza seems odd, but it works. Chin-dripping fattiness with sweet, nutty brassica and a sprinkle of grated horseradish root. This pie assaults all your senses at once. Read more
  • dnx
    dnxDecember 26, 2013
    It lives up to the hype. I'd go for the pizza salsiccia, again, and again, and again. Had a beer with that pizza (Ballast Point) - marvellos combination
  • Robert M.
    Robert MartinJuly 21, 2015
    Close to the best, if not the best, authentic pizza in SF. And the rest of the menu shines as well. Not your typical Italian.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 24, 2014
    Great pizzas and serious pastas at this Mission District destination. Get a reservation or show up early.
  • The Bold Italic
    The Bold ItalicMay 31, 2011
    flour + water prides itself on making traditional Neapolitan pie, meaning baked in a wood-fired oven at 800 degrees Fahrenheit which turns out a solid Margherita pie for $13 a pop. Read more
  • Doug Z.
    Doug ZamenskyDecember 2, 2012
    Anti pasti and pastas are solid, put your name on the wait list and head up the street to Southern Pacific Brewery for a beer while you wait.
  • Amanda A.
    Amanda AizussAugust 12, 2015
    Can't really recommend something to try because the menu changes daily. I want to come back and do the tasting menu.
  • Christophe L.
    Christophe LampertiSeptember 14, 2014
    The prix fix menu is great, but they don't always have ravioli :( The wine pairing is 6-7 full glasses, which is actually too much.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RussoMarch 3, 2015
    Monday's feature local musicians DJing. Fun! Go with four people so you can try more pizza and pasta!
  • David B.
    David BirdsongMay 17, 2012
    fresh pasta, but rotates too frequently for a specific recco, super good. lost by the italian wine list? ask and specify a price range, they're super helpful and gracious
  • Danny Z.
    The pasta tasting is still a great deal and thoroughly delicious.
  • jonathan g.
    jonathan gettingerMay 28, 2014
    The Funghi Pizza is probably the best mushroom pizza in town — and that’s saying a lot in a town this full of pizza.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    Authentic and beautiful Neapolitan pies are made with the freshest ingredients in a young, modern space. The pizza man is a former law student, and good friend of mine, who left it all to concentrate
  • The Culinary Institute of America
    Chef Thomas McNaughton has worked his way through some of the most prestigious kitchens in SF and around the world. Check out where he got his culinary degree. Read more
  • Runqiu C.
    Runqiu CaiApril 29, 2015
    Pasta texture is amazing but some dishes are overly salted (squid ink). The best was the carrot tagliatelle.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Artisan Neapolitan pizzas here are the headliner to some, but intellectuals know the antipasti, pastas and secondi here are the real brain food. - Inspector
  • Maria R.
    Maria RosichJuly 18, 2015
    You're not wrong in any type of pasta, all of them are delicious. Naple's pizza dough: spectalucar :)
  • Drew T.
    Drew ThompsonAugust 18, 2014
    Good Margherita pie! Hard reservation to get but we'll worth the wait!
  • mkohpotts
    mkohpottsSeptember 10, 2014
    I love the tasting menu. 5 courses of pasta may seem like too much but... <3
  • Rebecca G.
    Rebecca GobersteinMarch 19, 2012
    Authentic southern Italian style restaurant. Uber trendy, pretty romantic, and requires a reservation or a long wait for their walk-in tables.
  • Beau H.
    Beau HaleDecember 7, 2012
    37. Whole wheat pasta with hen and liver is from the 7x7 2012 Big Eat but the dish has not been on the menu since January 2012.
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    If you didn’t make reservations, just put your name on the list and wait it out with cocktail across the street at Trick Dog.
  • Alasdair S.
    Alasdair ScottOctober 26, 2012
    Go for the tasting menu, including the wine. Awesome. Also, the most wonderful staff add to the whole shebang.
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