Just outside the walls of Vatican City decades ago, the smell of fresh pizza hung in the air. It came from a pizzeria owned by Romina Tiberia’s grandfather, or nonno, who in addition to serving his customers true Roman-style pizzas, spent his days teaching his granddaughter how to make them. When Romina later relocated to San Francisco, her grandfather’s pizza lingered in her mind, but she noticed a distinct lack in restaurants serving the thin-crusted Roman-style pies. She set out to change that. Using her nonno’s recipe book, she created the menu for Cinecittà, an Italian bistro centered on Roman-inspired dishes.
Meals begin with antipasti such as le crescentine, crisp dumplings filled with imported anchovies and ricotta, before delving into eggplant calzones or a di roma panini with prosciutto, pepperoni, and mozzarella. Naturally, much of Romina’s menu is devoted to pizza, much like a champion chariot racer’s diet, boasting specialty pies such as a Fabraterius, topped in rosemary potatoes and mascarpone.
La Trappe Cafe pairs upscale pub food with an extensive rotating selection of Belgian beers, which includes crowd-pleasers such as Affligem, Duvel, and Petrus. Read on to find out more about this little slice of Belgium.
The interior transports you to the Old World. You’ll feel several centuries removed thanks to the arched doorway, exposed brick walls, and low lighting that washes everything in the same romantic, rose-colored hue that covered the world before electricity was invented.
Though it no longer sells cigars and SFWeekly argues that the neighborhood hasn't been bohemian in decades, Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Café remains what Frommer's calls "one of North Beach's most venerable neighborhood hangouts"—not to mention "one of the oldest and best original cappuccino cafes in the United States." The highlight here is the meatball sandwich, which arrives bursting out of two thick, mozzarella-blanketed slices of focaccia, though the thin pizzas, baked pasta, and bounty of wine are worth a try as well. Guests can cap off meals with a dessert of homemade tiramisu and, of course, cappuccino.
The Boardroom’s favors surfing competitions, but that doesn’t mean they won’t show other events here. The alternative sports bar was named one of the 101 best sports bars in the US by CNN Travel for its rowdy crowds, which often include alumni from Iowa State and Arizona State. For early games, guest can dig into brisket, croque madames, or bacon-wrapped tots.