- Appetizer: kale and little-gem-lettuce salad with farro, avocado, radish, and green-goddess dressing
- Pasta: housemade cavatelli carbonara with guanciale, snap peas, and parmesan
- Pizza: the Amatriciana, topped with tomato, Olli pancetta, chilies, pecorino, oregano, and an egg
- Dessert: tiramisu
- Drink: a selection of imported Italian wines
When to Go: Ragazza doesn't accept reservations for parties of five or fewer, so getting there early is recommended. If you do end up waiting, however, give your phone number to the host and then head out for a drink at one of the many nearby cocktail and wine bars. The night starts out drawing families, and as the evening goes on and children return home to keep an eye on the Hong Kong stock market, the restaurant transforms into a casual neighborhood bistro.
All In the Family: _ Ragazza_, the Italian word for "girl," honors the long line of women in chef-owner Sharon Ardiana's family who were excellent cooks. But Chef Ardiana not only draws on her female family member's cooking experience, but also on her dad's hunting, fishing, and farming know-how. The restaurant's local ingredients include produce from Mariquita Farm and locally fished seafood.
- Have a specific wine in mind for your dinner? Go ahead and bring the bottle from home, but note the two bottle limit and $15 corking fee.
- Ragazza doesn’t typically take reservations, but if you’re coming in with a group of six or more, try reserving their private, heated gazebo in the garden out back. Parties can order off a prix fixe menu that includes light snacks and four courses.
- Chef Ardiana encourages parents to request a seat on the patio so their kids can play outside.
Margherita pizza: a crispy, thin-crust pizza topped with basil, mozzarella, and tomato sauce. The green, white, and red toppings represent the Italian flag as a gesture originally intended to impress Italy’s Queen Margherita in the late 1800s.
Prosciutto: dry-aged ham that’s pressed, salted, and sliced ultra thin.
Speck: cured pork leg seasoned with juniper, laurel, and rosemary.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
For the Gamer: Gamescape (333 Divisadero Street) stocks a huge selection of board games, card games, and role-playing games, and a few times a week the shop hosts themed game nights where new players learn how to join in.
For the Party Animal: Hardcore Halloween lovers, comic-con goers, and kids looking to really jazz up an oral report on the latest Berenstain Bears book outfit themselves in wild outfits at Costumes on Haight (735 Haight Street).
If You Can't Make It, Try This: Chef Ardiana also serves homestyle Italian dishes and pizza at Gialina (2842 Diamond Street).