Best Homemade Pasta in San Francisco

Bon Appétit
March 14, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

These Italian staples take their pasta seriously, crafting the pasta dough from scratch in-house.

Seven Hills
Italian · Nob Hill · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.5

This "delightful" Nob Hill Italian enjoys "neighborhood-gem" status thanks to "incredible pasta dishes" paired with a "well-selected" wine list and "warm" service; though what’s "intimate" to some is "tight" to others, locals say this "best-kept-not-so-secret" trattoria might just be "too popular."
Perbacco
Italian · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

A "high-end" Italian bistro that "keeps on delivering" , this "memorable" next-door sibling to Barbacco in FiDi/Downtown will "titillate your taste buds" with seasonal Piedmontese dishes that "marry tradition with innovation" , plus a "vast wine list" , all "served with style and civility" ; the "classy" space is "always packed" with "suits" and accordingly "loud" , though "seating upstairs is quieter."
Cotogna
Italian · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

"More relaxed" than its sibling Quince next door, this "remarkable" Downtown Italian from Lindsay and Michael Tusk excels thanks to "inventive, beautifully executed" pastas, wood-fired pizzas and more matched with a "rewarding" and affordable wine list that tempers the "expensive" tabs; "spectacular" service keeps the "social" atmosphere humming, and though it's "difficult" to land a table in the "constantly full" (and "loud" ) room, it's definitely "worth the trouble" ; P.S. the family-style "Sunday dinners are a must."
SPQR
Italian · Lower Pacific Heights · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

"Sensational" Italian dishes, including "outrageously good" pastas, pair with "noteworthy" wines from the Boot at this A16 sibling in Lower Pac Heights, which consistently "nails the risks it takes" in the kitchen; "truly impressive" service helps justify the "splurge" , and while the "elegant-shoebox" setting is undeniably "tight" , there’s an "amazing" chef’s counter and even "sitting at the bar" is a "joy."
Flour + Water
Italian · The Mission · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

"Heavenly" handmade pastas are the main attraction at this high-profile Mission Italian, where chef Thomas McNaughton’s seasonally inspired creations also include "terrific" wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and "unique" tasting menus, all delivered by an "energized staff" ; tables in the "casual" space are still "a tough ticket" , so reserve far in advance or prepare to brave a "crazy wait."
Ideale Restaurant
Italian · North Beach · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

"Superb" Roman cooking, from "excellent" antipasti to standout risotto and homemade pasta, is "as authentic as it gets" at this "unpretentious" North Beach Italian also offering an "extensive" wine list; the the "homey" setting is another reason fans feel "transported" to a "little trattoria in Italy" , and the "welcoming" staff is another plus.
Locanda
Italian · The Mission · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

"Like its sister restaurant, Delfina" , this "trendy" Mission osteria attracts "hip" types with a "delish" Roman-inspired menu that includes notably "innovative" pastas and what may be the "best Jerusalem artichoke outside of Jerusalem (or Rome)" ; the "sexy decor" , "excellent" service and "awesome" potables are "reason alone to come" , though if you want to converse, bypass the "lively" front bar and "get a seat in the back."
Bacco
Italian · Noe Valley · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

"You can't go wrong" with anything on the "pretty darn authentic" Italian menu at this "charming" neighborhood trattoria in Noe Valley, known for its "exceptional" housemade pasta, "daily risotto" and old-country wines; moreover, the "warm, friendly" style ensures the regulars "enjoy getting fed."