As I was born in Italy, I was happy to find E' Tutto Qua, a reasonably priced and friendly restaurant that really serves food just like I would find in Rome today. The pizza is Roman style with thin, crispy crust and the pastas are all authentically Italian in the preparation and ingredients, no short cuts here. I loved the "Gnocchi allo Zafferano" ~ Saffron gnocchi with zucchini, clams, tomato & white wine sauce. Another favorite is the "Tagliata di Manzo" ~ Grilled New York steak topped with cherry tomatoes, arugola & shaved parmesan cheese. They have a huge selection of both "house-made" and "imported from Italy" desserts. After the opening in June 2007 they already have a local following just for their fantastic Tiramisu. The wine list features both Italian and Californian wines and is very reasonably priced. End it all with one of their perfect espressos or cappuccinos, then go home feeling you have just had a "mini-vacation" to Italy! The service is attentive and helpful, these people really seem to care about their customers. Dress goes from casual to trendy chic looks. The crowd is a nice mix of all ages, nationalities and lifestyles. They are open from morning til late night. Atmosphere and location are just right, lively and fun dining in a historic old bank building with great views of the neighborhood. One interesting point that many locals have noted is that the Italian waiters from several other restaurants in the city are seen eating here on their day off. That says a lot about the authenticity of this place. I'm hooked!
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I took my 2006 Mazda 6 to Bryant Auto Body after being pushed around by other Body Shops about using OEM parts. I wanted my vehicle restored to its original condition by using only factory parts after an accident. I came all the way from the east bay after talking with Ian (owner) because he said he would use only OEM parts and he would take care of dealing with the insurance company. It was such a great experience working with Ian because he took care of everything. He was there to greet me in the morning and also took care of calling for a rental car to pick me up. I was also happy to see that he worked on high end vehicles as well. He had a Porsche Turbo he was repairing major damages to as well a brand new Mercedes CLS 65AMG. I just got the car back today and it looked PERFECT!!! He also had detailed my car for me inside and out. I will always go to Bryant Auto Body in the future because of there great customer service and great work to there vehicles. Ian and Herman (owners) are both great guys and great to work with.
My BF and I stopped in to get a slice of pizza, and ended up getting a whole pizza that was perfectly delicious. We were served bread and a garlic in olive oil/olive oil/pesto in olive oil dip that was out of this world (we asked for thirds... ha!!). While we searched to the menu to see what we wanted, we were waited on by the bar staff (as we were sitting at the bar) and they made us two fantastic cocktails (a two tony's for my bf, and a house vodka martini for me). After much deliberation (and our tummy's grumbling) we decided to go with something simple. It was the Margherita pizza ($18): Thin crust with a fluffy end, the perfect red sauce AND CHUNKS OF MOZARELLA AND WHOLE PIECES OF BASIL. We scarfed it up before we could take a picture. It was sooooo delicious!! We will DEFINITELY be returning. The whole experience was the best ever (and I am one very hard to please!)
I first went to Rob's shop because something fell off my car and I happened to be driving down Valencia. I thought it must have been a slow day, because Rob fixed it on the spot, no charge. It happened again a year later, I stopped in at Consumer, same thing. So, when my bumper and driver's side door got crunched by two separate people attempting u-turns on my narrow street, of course I took it to Rob instead of the 'official' insurance body shops. He did an amazing job - my battered city car looked like new (from one side at least), and handled the insurance as well as the uninsured guy that hit my car. And, when I asked him to fix another scrape on the other side, he advised me against it because it would be pretty expensive, and it would probably just happen again. Big stars (as if he needs more) for not just taking the extra money like many shops would do. Thanks Rob!
After a trip to the country side and a run in with a big old deer, I refrained from taking my car to the local auto body shop in the town I was visiting for the weekend and drove my car back to the City so I could take it to Consumers Auto Body & Repair. I had taken a vehicle to them before and was so pleased with how efficient and professional they were that there was no question I would give them my business again. The deer had done a number on the front end of my car but Consumers gave me what I thought was a very reasonable quote and, after telling some of my more car-savvy buddies what the quote was they said I'd been given an amazing deal. Two and a half weeks after I took my car in, all beaten up and dented, Consumers returned my car and it looked better than ever. This is an auto body shop you can trust.
Thin crust, just enough sauce and great melty cheese. This is the pizza you get used to on the East Coast. I am not a fan of plain cheese pizza but at Amicis it takes so good. We are able to eat a whole large between two people. Its that good. Its pricey for pizza so we don't eat it often but every time we leave there we are satisfied (therefore 4 stars). We usually also order the garden salad for the family. Simple - lettuce, bell pepper, onion - and a dressing. They have pretty good house wines also. Though you cant beat Pizza and soda (the soda is served in the old style soda glasses). Other pizzas that are great are the new haven clam and sausage and mushrooms. their wood burning oven makes the crust real crisp and tasty!!
If you haven't had a slice from Marcellos, you haven't really lived yet. From the moment you walk into this quaint yet qwerky establishment you'll know you have found something special. Maybe its the fact that this little jewel is located in the free thinking castro that gives it the mystique. Or maybe just maybe its the perfect crust with just the right amount of fresh toppings, you decide. For me its the ability to walk in at just about any time of the day and late into the evening and find something new and exciting in there choices. So if you want to try some of the best this city has to offer look no further!!!!! You have found what your taste has been looking for.
Thanks to the fans of Arinell Pizza! Here I was, craving good pizza and didn't know of any good places. I miss Pizzeria Uno's at Lombard. I loved their deep dish, cornmeal crust pizza. I Googled it, and now the closest location is in the East Bay. Well, I got on the internet some more and found reviews of this place. Parking is always shaky in the city, but after circling a couple of times, lucked upon a spot. I walked in and proceded to eat like it was going out of style. I love their crust, the sauce was good and the service was phenomenal! I will be going back to Arinell's, but first I'll make sure I have more room in my belly next time because it's that good!
I'm a big fan of Little Star Pizza. Their pizza is great, but you need to wait an hour to be seated, and they don't deliver. While looking for some alternatives I found Patxi's. They deliver and you can order online. Being a Chicago style pizza, they take a while to make, so it took about 75 minutes from the time I ordered to when I got the pizza. It was delicious and worth the wait. The only downside was that the pizza was warm-hot instead of being out-of-the-oven hot. That's expected for a delivered pizza, but until I taste one of their out-of-the-oven hot pizza's I think Little Star's pizzas are still slightly better. Both are very very yummy though.
A man hit me while coming out of his parking space and so my repairs went through my car insurance. Julio and his crew were awesome to work with and the repairs were done in a timely and professional manner to my black Prius. I live in Russian Hill and the car rental place is around the corner, so it was so easy for one of the guys at Enterprise to pick me up, the process was seamless. I can't say enough good things about this garage... I had a crack in my windshield from driving to the mountains last winter and they gave me an incredibly competitive quote to get it replaced while I was there. I would definitely come back, I'm spreading the word!