The name A 16 (2355 Chestnut St., 415/771-2216, www.a16sf.com, lunch Wed.–Fri. 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., dinner Sun.–Thurs. 5–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 5–11 p.m., $8–20) refers to the major road cutting through the Campania region of southern Italy. But at A 16 in San Francisco, you’ll find fabulous southern Italian food rather than traffic.
Handmade artisan pizzas, pastas, and entrées tempt the palate with a wealth of hearty flavors. Pasta dishes come in two sizes—a great thing for those with smaller appetites. Also in the proper Old Country tradition, a wonderful wine list has been built to complement the food.
For a southern Italian meal with a soft touch, Capannina (1809 Union St., 415/409-8001, Mon.–Thurs. 4:30–10:30 p.m., Fri.–Sun. 4:30–11 p.m., $17–23) is the place to dine. Soft green walls with marble and glass accents provide a sense of peace. The menu features classic Italian styling with an emphasis on the fruits of the sea. Many of the ingredients are imported directly from Italy, enhancing the authenticity of each dish.
© Liz Hamill Scott from Moon California, 2nd Edition