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1001 Minnesota St. (22nd St.) Send to Phone
415-824-4224 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Calculatedly rustic neighborhood hub draws local crowds for its thin-crusted pizzas.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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Piccino, San Francisco, CA

Piccino Restaurant Review

: It's all about the pizzas at Piccino, a neighborhood spot on a quiet street just steps from the Muni T-line, packed at peak mealtimes with a mainly professional crowd of locals enjoying each chewy-crisp bite of thin-crust pie. Toppings vary seasonally, but standards include the spicy-salty house-made salsiccia. The three-cheese Bianca version would be heavenly but for its unsettling spatters of chili oil. Not in a pizza state of mind? Tuscan-style meatballs are big and satisfying, and well-crafted panini bring together flavors --- such as squash, pistachio butter and caramelized onion --- with artistic flair. Bathed in natural light through tall windows, many tables in this high-ceilinged, blond-wood-furnished space (much larger than the original location that lent Piccino --- Italian for "teensy" --- its name) are of the family-style, sit-with-strangers type (though there are some counter seats with a kitchen view). The tight communal accommodations befit the restaurant's very self-conscious, look-at-me neo-rusticity, an attitude that could also be said to infuse the desserts: think zeppole with huckleberry marmellata, and goat cheese custard with black pepper tuile. An impressive wine list favors France and Italy. Fresh pastries shine at Piccino's next-door coffee bar.
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