L’Osteria del Forno

Restaurants, Italian Russian Hill
4 out of 5 stars
L’Osteria del Forno
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/ Kristen Taylor L’Osteria del Forno

On a street awash in knock-offs, this tiny osteria stands out for its humble authenticity. The room is the size of a postage stamp, but two Italian ladies and their oven deliver big time. The focaccia (and focaccia sandwiches) and thin-crust pizzas are top notch, and the singular roast of the day (pray for the roast pork braised in milk) is a labor of love and tenderness. The menu also features salads, soups and fresh pastas (try the penne baked in Bolognese and béchamel sauce). Baskets of warm focaccia keep you going while you wait for entrees, which you should accompany with a glass of Italian red. There's a full bar, with a nice selection of grappas as well. Cash only.


Venue name: L’Osteria del Forno
Address: 519 Columbus Ave
San Francisco

Cross street: at Green St
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 11:30am–10pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am–10:30pm
Transport: Bus 8, 30, 39, 41, 45, 91
Price: Main courses: $11–$30
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