291 30th Street
San Francisco, CA 94131Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.laciccia.com/
- Phone: 4155508114
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Italian
- Executive Chef: Massimiliano Conti
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: Please call for details.
A word from La Ciccia
La Ciccia is a cozy and intimate restaurant located on the edge of Noe Valley. Husband and wife owners, Massimiliano Conti and Lorella Degan work together to take you to a culinary journey through the Italian island of Sardinia. The chef is committed to use the freshest and the most authentic ingredients from his native island, resulting in pungent, lively, flavorful food. The all Italian wine list,170 labels selection represent every Region with more than a quarter devote to Sardinia in order to pair the traditional earthy flavors as well seafood influence of Sardinia cuisine. La Ciccia is a tribute to Sardinia an experience not to be missed.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
- Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
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La Ciccia reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since April 24, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (99)fit for foodies (97)notable wine list (78)special occasion (57)romantic (43)hot spot (13)good for groups (6)late-night find (5)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- love this placeOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 8/19/2014I love this neighborhood gem. The food is alwayd amazing, súper small but they always try to accomodate. Been there a few times but this last visit the service was a little off but I'm sure it was a fluke. Looking forward to my next visit.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Sicilian RestaurantNordahlDined on 8/19/2014Small menu but everything is good on it. Great wine list which the staff can guide you through, I got exactly what I wanted. All and all a great experience!Special Features:
- ciaobellaDined on 8/16/2014La Ciccia is amazing! The food was spectacular and the service flawless. What a perfect way to spend our anniversary!! I highly recommend this spot and look forward to our next meal here. A slice of Europe right in our own backyard.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- happydinerDined on 8/16/2014Everything we had was excellent and the prices are reasonable.Special Features:
- outstanding Italian with GREAT wineyumyumyumDined on 8/16/2014The food was all super tasty. Heavy on the salt and flavors but just take it slow and drink a lot. The best thing all night was the calamari, which was fresh squid dressed with olive oil and pesto. The much heralded baby octopus was tender with a very rich, spicy tomato sauce. The homemade olives were high quality. The vegetables were a little bland; the kale was better than the cabbage. The spaghetti with fish roe was on the heavy side but good. The squid ink linguini was very intense, and a bit much after a few bites but okay if punctuated by drinks. The wines were universally superb, and the list is extensive. Service was friendly although not over the top, and they were courteous about bringing fresh plates when the sauces changed. Go!Special Features:
- DisappointedcharlottesvillefoodieVIPDined on 8/8/2014Highly rated restaurant, lovely website, fascinating menu. However, the food itself was simply not very interesting. Portions are huge. Roasted squid meant a large plate of squid on a thin sauce with lots of arugula. Tasty but not different or interesting. The special fish was well-cooked but bland with large pieces of squash and a spoonful of tapenade (which was delicious). Lamb was succulent but simply sitting on a large amount of coarsely chopped cooked carrots. Service was okay but not attentive. Dress listed as smart casual. Servers are in jeans and most patrons were VERY casual - jeans and tees. Not good for a special occasion. Oh well.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/6/2014Not used to going to an Italian restaurant with few pasta options, but appreciative of the diversity in the menu. Loved how each dish was rich in flavor and enojoyed running my pieces of bread along the sides of my plate to soak up all the juices and sauce.Special Features:
- Superb PastaOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 8/2/2014One of the best pasta n not typical common northern or southern italian cuisine. Need i say more?Special Features:
- Worth the waitPasta47Dined on 7/31/2014We had been trying to secure reservations at La Ciccia for some time and finally were able to obtain one at a reasonable hour. The food service and ambience were terrific. The octopus stew as mentioned by many reviewers is truly excellent and don't miss the Sardinian flatbread,it's a real treat.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Let Sardinia steal your heart...MMoonDined on 7/31/2014This spot has been a favorite of my husband & me ever since the first time we visited over 2 years ago. We try to go at least once every 1-2 months because we simply can't stay away. Service is top notch, warm, unpretentious, professional, but as if you were part of the La Ciccia family. Food is prepared with such care & attention to detail. Bottarga pasta is a fave, I'm absolutely addicted. Thank you La Ciccia... you never disappoint!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always a treat!MofflyDined on 7/31/2014Excellent meal and experience: great delicious food, unique fresh flavors, reasonably priced wines to accompany the meal, and friendly cozy atmosphere.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Unique Regional ItalianNomNomNomDined on 7/26/2014We had a great time at La Ciccia. All the seafood and the pasta were cooked perfectly. They welcomed sharing/family style which is a big plus. The service was casual and warm without being overly attentive. The owners definitely made us felt welcome.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just brilliantMichaelVIPDined on 7/26/2014It's mainly about the food, which is brilliant. Regional, Sardinian, cuisine, very authentic (our family is Sardinian) and wonderfully prepared. Outstanding wine list, from all Italian regions, and the staff are really great at making excellent suggestions to match the food. The concept here, of a very localized, regional cuisine, works so well that it makes me wonder why more restaurants don't do this. Highly recommended.Special Features:
- Always greatOpenTable Diner Since 2001VIPDined on 7/25/2014One of the best in the city. Always a great meal and super service!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AmazingOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/24/2014Very memorable. Food & service were excellent. Octopus is a must have dish.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Memorable Experience2RetiredFoodiesDined on 7/24/2014The restaurant is small, seating is cramped, parking is difficult at the Noe Valley location, and it is not easy to get reservations, BUT the food is absolutely excellent. The restaurant has one of the best kitchens in the Bay Area. Sauces are light and delicate. Try the octopus appetizer/first plate - excellent. The serving is large enough to share with your dining companion. Thankfully the wait staff is helpful and can pair appropriate wines with your selected courses. The menu has over 200 Sardinian wines and beers, of which we knew nothing about 99% of them. The restaurant has won awards from the Wine Spectator magazine for their excellent wine list. Award certificates are displayed on a wall in the unisex restroom!!!Special Features:
- Troppo fennelDisappointedDined on 7/22/2014We were disappointed this time around. We have eaten here 3 times previously and been very impressed. This time: 1. Octopus stew so spicy we all were miserable. This is the 3rd time I've had this stew. 2. The lamb served with cabbage and fennel had been over dosed with fennel and we kept biting into fennel seeds in addition to the fennel in the cabbage. It was far too strong, overpowering the rest of the dish. 3. We had a trio of gelati for dessert and one had goat cheese in it. Oye ! ! ! The quality of the food seems to be going down hill. I don't think we'll go again.Special Features:
- Top NotchEscambauDined on 7/18/2014We were warmly and efficiently taken care of by Philip, who chose a selection of house standouts for us, paired with Sardinian wines by the glass. The latter, being warm climate wines, not always have enough acidity to counter the spiciness. Calamari and octopus were superb, same for the pasta with botarga, not quite so much for the veal. Some tables have a better view of the room than others, but the food and service guaranteed a memorable evening, to be repeated on our next visit to SF.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Home away from home...ginaDined on 7/17/2014I'm Italian and an excellent cook. The only time I care to eat at an Italian restaurant is if we go to La Ciccia. Their octopus stew is excellent and reminiscent of my childhood. Their lamb dishes are always fantastic and their artisan pasta is always perfectly cooked with the best sauces. Lorella never disappoints with her wine choices and both she and her husband and chef, Massimiliano, always greet their guests warmly and make you feel like family. This restaurant is one of my children's favorite places to go as well and it doesn't hurt one bit that it's within walking distance of my home so if we overserve ourselves--in both viands and libation--easy to do--we can safely stroll down the street.Special Features:
- Fantastic!julietsfDined on 7/16/2014Still thinking about the perfect pasta, excellent wine pairing, melt-in-your mouth lamb, and attentive, perfectly timed service. Can't wait to go back!Special Features:
- EXCELLENT MENUEretiredVIPDined on 7/15/2014La Ciccia is a neighborhood gem. Remarkable Sardinian menu and well prepared. The wait staff was courteous, but most of all the wine list was the best for italian wines that I have seen. It is very hard to get a good cannanau, but this lit has at least 15 of the best. The pastas were outstantding and unusual for San Francisco. I thought that I was in Sardinia and I have been. Coming back!Special Features:
- Not your ordinary Italian...OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 7/12/2014This restaurant is Sardinian, has a phenomenal wine list, and the food is interesting and excellent. I cannot get enough of the baby octopus in spicy tomato sauce.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food!!GoodniteoutDined on 7/12/2014I recently went here with my wife for an anniversary dinner. I had heard good things about the food and wasn't disappointed. Delicious appetizers, pasta, and then the lamb dish. Everything was fresh and had great flavor. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting to enjoy a very good meal :)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great nightalohaboydeanVIPDined on 7/12/2014The food was excellent...service knowledgeable and friendly without being intrusive...and reasonably priced for the quality. Only negative was slightly cramped seating but everything else was so good it wasn't an issue. Can't wait to go back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Still very good. No longer great.OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 7/12/2014We've been to La Ciccia perhaps 9 times over the years. The first few visits were absolutely stellar in every detail. Starting in 2011 and continuing through 2012, we noted an unfortunate decline in food and service quality as the restaurant became more popular. We considered giving up on La Ciccia, but have been heartened to see the place bounce back a bit over the last year. On our last visit, the food was quite good (although seasoning across the board needed a boost). Service was mostly good, but dropped off as the crowd gathered. We waited quite a while for the check, too ... always annoying. However, we will return.
- Best Italian FoodMclarenDined on 6/21/2014This is the best and most unique Italian restaurant we have experienced. The waiter was very helpful with the menu selection and portions. Service was incredible, quick, polite and timely. Noise level and small space made it more difficult for conversions. Food was outstanding, fresh and authentic.Special Features:
- Still the bestyoideamanDined on 6/21/2014Amazing food. Incredible service. Zero pretensions. Adds up to one of the finest dining experiences in SF. Their sister restaurant, La Nebbia is another neighborhood gem. And they don't take reservations. So, if La Ciccia is booked, La Nebbia is a great alternative (and just a bit more casual).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- MarkDined on 6/20/2014The octopus stew is the dish that has caused me to return. Also, the pasta with squid in a sauce made from their own ink is the best I've had in the Bay Area.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 6/18/2014Dinner at La Ciccia is always outstanding. It is what keeps us coming back. The food is lovingly designed, prepared and served. Their objective is the customer is happy and well fed with delicious food. From start to finish, each dish delighted the eye and the palate.Special Features:
- Wonderful food, serviceSFFoodieVIPDined on 6/17/2014La Ciccia is just a terrific experience. Warm and friendly service, and terrific food that is just different enough to make it a more interesting meal. Love the oven roasted calamari every time. Also a great Italian wine list, including lots of good whites that I don't see often enough.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent!NoeDaddyDined on 6/13/2014My dad said this was the best food he's ever had. The food and service are extremely good.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/3/2014Very intimate and quiet. Nice ambiance. Food deliciousSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 5/28/2014Excellent food, very well prepared. Service excellent. Crowded, cramped and hot. I'd go back again in a minute!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food!gastronomoDined on 5/24/2014Had a wonderful dinner at La Ciccia. The wine list is rather interesting with a lot of Sardinian wines of note. The service was friendly and prompt without being overbearing. The roasted calamari dish was the best I've ever had in North America and the best that I can recall in recent memory. All the dishes were outstanding in their flavors and preparation. Will go back as soon as I can.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- WonderfulMlsfVIPDined on 5/23/2014La Ciccia is truly a find-great service and simple, authentic and well prepared food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 5/22/2014Just got back from a food and wine excursion in Italy and was having withdrawals. La Ciccia is the next best option to being in Sardinia.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A little dissappointedOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 5/20/2014I was expecting more - perhaps some of the previous reviews were a little enthusiastic - La Ciccia is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant, with very attentive staff and a lovely atmosphere but the food was only OK and generally speaking, a little salty for our taste.Special Features:
- Five stars all aroundDanSDined on 5/17/2014We were seated promptly for a Saturday night reservation. Great food, Sardinian wines, and attentive, but non-pressuring service. We had: squid, pasta special, pork loin, fish, and gelato. All amazing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- First TimerFoodie321Dined on 5/17/2014Came with 2 others & we all enjoyed our meal very much. My husband who hates octupus loved the octopus appetizer. The squid appetizer was good one. The pasta dish with fish roe tasted heavenly. The squid ink pasta was pretty good too. The pork entree, prepared much like a veal scalopine, was very tasty and the portion was ample. Two shortcomings: Lengthy wine list but none of the wines are from local wineries. Corkage fee is $35 - a real shocker. I recalled seeing 3 desserts on the menu - one is a gelato and another a sorbet. They need to extend their dessert repertoire. Overall, highly recommend this place.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always PleasantReliableVIPDined on 5/15/2014I've always liked this restaurant. My wife loves it. I have never understood how it managed to morph from a former pizza parlor at the far end of Noe Valley to a place of cult status [I have a friend who travels from Taiwan just to eat here!]. The food is good, but that seems crazy. One of the things that I most liked about the restaurant was the graciousness of the hostess, one of the owners I believe. She has been replaced by someone of only limited competence (hence my reduction of score for service). Otherwise, the food is pretty much the same - authentic Sardinian food and wines. The authenticity is what makes it special, I suppose, in an era when restaurants compete to see what bizarre combinations of foods they can think up.Special Features: