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CAFE ZOETROPE  Ital­ian. Owned by leg­endary film di­rec­tor and wine­maker Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola, this neigh­bor­hood Ital­ian res­tau­rant is named af­ter his fa­mous pro­duc­tion com­pany and lo­cated in the same steel-framed struc­ture, the Sen­tinel Build­ing. L, D (daily). www.cafe­cop­pola.com. 916 Kearny St., 415.291.1700. $$ Map 1, D4

DON PISTO’S  Mex­i­can. A fresh take on tra­di­tional Mex­i­can street food, this hip spot serves up spec­tac­u­lar tacos, tor­tas and ce­viche that are in­spired by the bor­der towns of Baja Cal­i­for­nia all the way to the Yu­catan penin­sula. The menu changes along with the sea­sons, and the san­gria and mar­gar­i­tas are pop­u­lar. B (F-Su), D (nightly), Closed M. www.don­pis­tos.com. 510 Union St., 415.395.0939. Map 1, D3

IL FORNAIO  Ital­ian. This up­scale Ital­ian res­tau­rant serves house-made pasta, roasted meats and wood-oven piz­zas. The San Fran­cisco lo­ca­tion is a mul­ti­ple-time re­cip­i­ent of Wine Spec­ta­tor’s Award of Ex­cel­lence. Brunch (Sa-Su), L, D (daily). www.il­for­naio.com. Levi’s Plaza, 1265 Bat­tery St., 415.986.0100. $$ Map 1, E3; 327 Lor­ton Ave., Burlingame, 650.375.8000; 223 Corte Madera Town Cen­ter, Corte Madera, 415.927.4400; 520 Cow­per St., Palo Alto, 650.853.3888.

NORTH BEACH RES­TAU­RANT Ital­ian. This clas­sic res­tau­rant serves gen­er­ous por­tions of hearty Tus­can cui­sine from its ex­ten­sive menu. The award­win­ning wine list boasts over 500 bot­tles to pair with house spe­cial­ties such as chicken al mat­tone with Ital­ian herbs, filet of lamb alla Bruno and ciop­pino alla pesca­tora. The four din­ing rooms cater to a va­ri­ety of oc­ca­sions, from a power lunch to a first date. www.north­beachrestau­rant.com. 1512 Stock­ton St., 415.392.1700. $$$ Map 1, C3

SOTTO MARE OYSTERIA & SEAFOOD RESTAU 

RANT Seafood. One of Tony Ben­nett’s fa­vorite San Fran­cisco restau­rants, Sotto Mare is an au­then­tic Ital­ian North Beach ex­pe­ri­ence. The seafood res­tau­rant serves up oys­ters and clams on the half shell, Bos­ton-style clam chow­der, bac­cala, crab ciop­pino, Louis sal­ads, seafood pas­tas and more. Sotto Mare’s daily fresh fish can also be pur­chased re­tail if you feel like cook­ing your­self. L, D (M-Sa), close Su. www.sot­tomaresf.com. 552 Green St., 415.398.3181. Map 1, D3

THE STINK­ING ROSE  Ital­ian. Fol­low your nose to one of the city’s most in­ter­est­ing din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, where gar­lic is king. This res­tau­rant goes through more than 5,000 pounds of the pun­gent in­gre­di­ent each month. Spe­cial­ties in­clude 40 clove gar­lic chicken, pork chops, roasted Dun­geness crab and even gar­lic ice cream. L, D (daily). www.thestink­ingrose.com. 325 Colum­bus Ave., 415.781.7673. $$ Map 1, D4

TONY’S PIZZA NAPOLETANA Ital­ian. Dubbed the best pizze­ria in Amer­ica by Forbes mag­a­zine, Tony Gemignani’s piz­zas are au­then­tic, with in­gre­di­ents im­ported from the pizza cap­i­tal of the world, Naples. The di­verse ar­ray of styles, from the fa­mous pizza Margherita to the sa­vory Cal Italia, re­quire seven dif­fer­ent ovens. L, D ( W-Su). www. tonyspiz­zanapo­le­tana.com. 1570 Stock­ton St., 415.835.9888. $$ Map 1, D3

TRATTORIA PINOC­CHIO  Ital­ian. This fam­ily-owned res­tau­rant with side­walk seat­ing serves Si­cil­ian fare, in­clud­ing house­made pas­tas, ciop­pino, fresh fish, steaks and lamb. In­side, the floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows make for great peo­ple watch­ing. L, D (daily). www.trat­to­ri­apinoc­chio.com. 401 Colum­bus Ave., 415.392.1472. $$ Map 1, D3

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