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La Ciccia

Italian Restaurant$$$$
Noe Valley, San Francisco
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  • SFGate
    SFGateAugust 2, 2014
    Specialties: Baby octopus stew; spaghetti with bottarga and cured fish roe; fregola with uni and tuna heart; ricotta and saffron cake with honey. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterNovember 25, 2014
    Fancy some Italian this evening? This family-run sparkler is free of pretension and full of love. Don’t miss the spicy octopus stew, the sea urchin pasta, and the unusual wine selection. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterApril 12, 2016
    This family-run sparkler is free of pretension and full of love. Don’t miss the spicy octopus stew, the sea urchin pasta, and the unusual wine selection. Read more
  • Tom M.
    Tom McGhanApril 8, 2013
    Check in BEFORE you get seated; they ask no electronics be used at the table. After that, order the squid, then the perfectly cooked & seasoned Spaghittusu Bottariga. It lives up to the hype.
  • Carlos C.
    Carlos CheungApril 23, 2014
    Make a reservation in advance. If you order 1 appetizer, 2 first, and 2 main = perfect portion size for 3 people. Don't forget a bottle of wine because they have an amazing list.
  • Jon B.
    Jon B.April 2
    Amazing little Sardinian neighborhood eatery, with impressive Italian wine list. I highly recommend the baby octopus stew and sea urchin pasta!
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    Not so much San Francisco Italian, as pure unadulterated regional Italian, this family-run sparkler is free of pretension and full of love. Don’t miss the sea urchin pasta. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.September 24, 2014
    Cannonau wine. Rank order:spaghetti perf al dente, chewy & garlicky. Squid ink linguine=lemony & crisp. Sea urchin pasta=heaviest of 3 & like a salty sea urchin flavor pearl couscous. Terrific EVOO.
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah TrottAugust 18
    I loved the spaghetti for the pasta dish and the octopus for the starter. Also try the crispy flatbread
    Upvoted Aug 18
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableJuly 5, 2012
    Try the feather-light flatbread called pani guttiau, the roast sea bream with olive sugo, or the signature prupisceddu in umidu, velvety octopus stewed in tomato sauce: Read more
  • Steijn P.
    Fabulous staff. Fregula with uni and tuna heart is a winner! Don't forget to check out the wine list too. Comes close to dining in Italy.
  • cyn k.
    cyn kDecember 29, 2012
    Imagine the most tender octopus in an italian mole-like stew. Combine that with delish pasta, meat plates, and incredibly kind service- win win win.
  • Meg M.
    Meg MinuskinAugust 21, 2013
    one of the only places in the city you can get Argiolas wine. Burrata is perfect. Get the seafood or fish - meat is done better elsewhere.
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesNovember 22, 2010
    Try a rare & different wine tonight: Campagnano's Pallagrello Bianco. This white grape delivers full-bodied, low acidity wines, w/ apricot & peach flavors (similar in ways to big whites of N Rhone).
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 2, 2014
    Don’t miss the spicy octopus stew, the sea urchin pasta, and the unusual wine selection. Read more
  • Layla K.
    Layla Khoury-HanoldFebruary 28, 2013
    Best Italian I've had in a long time, east or west coast! Get the spicy baby octopus stew & squid ink linguine. Foodie. Heaven.
  • Damian B.
    Must try octopus stew. Lamb is also recommended. Expect longer waits for food to be prepared. Wine list is extensive and Italian
  • Scott M.
    Scott MersyApril 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing food, great people. Always get the baby octopus stew. Their margherita is perfect too. Good wine list, lately they've had a great Burrata dish too
  • Marcus G.
    Marcus GuerreroApril 2, 2014
    Favorite tables are up front by the windows. Love this place and have had two fantastic dinners here. Service is excellent.
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoAugust 3
    Don't miss the Spaghittusu cun Allu Ollu e Bottariga (Fresh Spaghetti Spicy Garlic Oil Salt Cured Fish Roe)
  • Chester N.
    Chester NgOctober 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy octopus stew, uni tuna heart pasta, lamb chops, the special pasta of the day. Delicious.
  • michael t.
    michael tMay 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The spicy octopus stew is as awesome as everyone says. Use the bread to sop up the extra sauce.
  • Madison L.
    Madison Levin-EpsteinSeptember 23, 2013
    If you appreciate food, this is a must visit. The husband/wife team who run it do a wonderful job!
  • Yina M.
    Yina MersyApril 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the place! The owner is SO warm and sweet. The food is superb! Octopus stew, calamari, burrata are the best!!
  • Prakash N.
    The bottarga and octopus stew. This has earned a place as my top 5 best places in SF.
  • Simon T.
    Simon TanNovember 22, 2016
    If you get the traditional Sardinian dish, be warned - it's flavor is really strong
  • Daphne H.
    Daphne HoweMarch 20, 2016
    The octopus stew!!! Everyone raves about it and it's worth it!
  • Meri's Food
    Meri's FoodFebruary 26
    The gnochetti with pork ragu and pecorino cheese. Let them recommend a wine.
  • Brian
    BrianJanuary 24, 2012
    7x7's Big Eat 2012 says the spicy baby octopus stew is delicious. Yum!
  • laurie b.
    Everything. Sounds boring, but the mixed greens are amazing.
  • Denise D.
    Denise DuffyApril 23, 2012
    Bottarga (Dried tuna eggs) on fresh Pasta? Who knew? Amazing. Great Neighborhood.
  • Dab P.
    Dab PadillaJanuary 6, 2013
    The Salami pizza, not the usual crap you get from other places. Doesn't even have tomato sauce. It's delicious.
  • Bennett W W.
    Bennett W WongApril 30, 2014
    Featured and reviewed restaurant on KQED Check, Please Bay Area Season 5, Episode 7. I'll have to make a stop here one day for a taste of Sardinian cuisine.
  • Jeffrey J.
    Jeffrey JohnsonSeptember 7, 2013
    the spaghetti with bottarga is the best pasta dish I've ever had!
  • cyn k.
    cyn kMarch 27, 2014
    Octopus stew. This alone makes the place phenomenal.
  • Meredith K.
    Meredith KuraharaJune 1, 2012
    Try the Seared Lamb Tenderloin drizzled with cooked Grape must
  • Brian T.
    Brian TMay 9, 2013
    Great place to try unique seafood dishes. Get a smorgasbord and share.
  • Alan B.
    Alan BerezinJuly 19, 2014
    One of the consistently best restaurants in the city.
  • Gianpaolo S.
    Gianpaolo SurfaroMarch 13, 2013
    Octopus + black ink pasta + tartufo all'amaretto = top notch!
  • ISC C.
    ISC ChicagoAugust 3
    Everything looked good, and was! I honored their request for no cameras, so I didn't snap any photo.
  • Nevin
    NevinFebruary 1, 2012
    Eat here Eat here Eat here!! Do it Do it Do it!! And order Petra's rec's!
  • Kris K.
    Kris KSeptember 21, 2013
    Get the Sea Bream - whole fish
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Jessica Boncutter, chef of Bar Jules, eats here on her nights off. She loves the Spaghittusu cun allu ollu e bottariga. Read more
  • Dana O.
    Dana OstfeldOctober 12, 2013
    Try the Spicy baby octopus stew
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfJune 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic Sardinian food! Great owners, friendly place!
  • Anton S.
    Anton ShusterFebruary 12, 2013
    Try the spicy baby octopus stew.
  • SF Weekly
    SF WeeklyFebruary 11, 2011
    SF Weekly's Best of Winner 2010 - Editorial Pick - BEST ITALIAN CUISINE
  • Mitali P.
    Mitali PattnaikFebruary 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Always get the pasta special here! My favorite is linguini with tuna heart.
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SheppardOctober 31, 2014
    Tagliatelle fettuccini and gnochetti!
  • Liza P.
    Liza PAugust 3
    Bottarga spaghetti is perfect!
  • Jim F.
    Jim FazzoneFebruary 11, 2015
    Calamari are divine!!
  • Iris N.
    Iris NgJuly 31, 2015
    Bottarga spaghetti!!
  • Tania M.
    Tania MagentaJanuary 6, 2013
    The real Italian pasta and pizza.
  • Frances J.
    Frances JamesJanuary 17, 2015
    Supposed to be great family-run Sardinian food.
  • Frances J.
    Frances JamesDecember 1, 2014
    Supposed to be great family-run Sardinian food.
  • Beau H.
    Beau HaleDecember 27, 2012
    26. Spicy baby octopus stew
  • Loic L.
    Loic LeMeurOctober 28, 2009
    ask for the tuna heart pasta, very strong but amazing
  • Yuebo
    YueboJune 21, 2016
    authentic italian
  • Tan L.
    Tan LamJuly 12, 2010
    Who thought Squid ink in pasta would be so good!?
  • Stephen F.
    Stephen FoxNovember 8, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    don't decide on your order until you hear about the specials.
  • Maneesh
    ManeeshJune 18, 2010
    They don't have good vegetarian options...
  • Vince B.
    Vince BroadyAugust 26, 2009
    get the salume of the day
  • Yasemin O.
    Yasemin OzcanNovember 19, 2013
    Fregua cun arrescottu e cori de tonnu
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