A must for visitors, and residents too!
While I lived in northern California for years, and visited San Francisco MANY!!! times, I have never actually lived in the city. Currently I live in Japan. On a visit, a friend living in the Marina area insisted we go to Tommaso's. She prepared me by saying we would probably have to wait in line, that we could get wine while in line, and the restaurant is in a somewhat seedy area.
With this briefing, I was prepared. Boy, was it worth it! Had we brought children, I might have given it a second thought. However, for adults I say run, do not walk (but be careful crossing the streets!) to Tommaso's.
We did wait in line on a Friday evening but, being San Francisco knowledgeable, I had brought a jacket, which was necessary. We did wait, but that was actually fairly pleasurable, as we chatted with the other people waiting. Also, we did drink excellent wine.
The wait was definitely worth it, as we sat in a booth, and my friend suggested the spinach pizza and a salad, with above-mentioned wines. The salad was good, but the pizza was just delicious. The ambience added to the evening. Our waitress, while clearly busy, was polite, well-informed and helpful. We took our time and I vowed (vowed, mind you!) to return, as did General MacArthur.
Twice more, on visits from Japan, I have made beelines to Tommaso's, each time with a Japanese girlfriend. She enjoyed it so much, particularly because on the first occasion, the owner's wife (I am not sure if she is a co-owner) came over to our table and actually spent a few minutes chatting with us. She is a lovely person, and made the occasion much more memorable for both of us.
We did breakdown and order dessert, which was also delicious.
I read other reviews about someone's having terrible service, which was surprising. I have had only good to excellent service. The food and the wine are just excellent.
My hat is off to Tommaso's. By the way, we did ask, and were told, who exactly Tommaso is!