La Ciccia

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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.
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PS
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the best Italian restaurants in the US.

S
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will always recommend La Ciccia to ANYONE. We are fairly regular customers, going 3-4 times a year for the last 10 years. Lorella, the co-owner and Hostess always treats her customers as they were family. We are always remembered each time we visit. This includes our favorite table and favorite wine. They always remember our favorite wine. If they don't have it, they will recommend a wine very similar to our preferred. In this visit, the wine recommended EXCEEDED the one we had always preferred - so this is now our favorite.
As usual the food and service were superb. A new special appetizer of gnocchi was offered which was absolutely stunning n its flavor and texture. Massimo, the head chef and co-owner, is absolutely spectacular, especially with what he does with lamb.
Cannot recommend La Ciccia highly enough.

GP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment and great food and experience.
Max and Lorella are the perfect hosts!!

G
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returned with friends from Wisconsin, and they were most impressed! This in my neighborhood, and I return here and every time, it's just perfect.

JU
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cozy & intimate. Waiter was so helpful & charming. Sea Urchin pasta & octopus stew were so delish! Pretty generous portions for entrees - we had to take some home.

JL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never ceases to amaze. Had an amazing meal here. Can't wait to go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place I’ve eaten in a long time. The service was incredible. The people were the nicest. It was an all around cozy and delicious experience. For the price we got a ton of food. If you miss out on this shame on you.

✌️

M
San Francisco
90 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb from top to bottom. Fabulous food and just can’t find another octopus , pasta or prawn dish this well prepared in the new world
Service was attentive considerate and informative.
The owners are always there and always welcoming

We all had a great time

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great wine.

BG
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can make a case that this is the best restaurant in San Francisco. Yes, I've been to many of the 2 star places and even one 3 star but good food is good food and La Ciccia is probably the place I would choose to go if I was in San Francisco for just one night (especially a cold one, of which, let's be honest, there are many).

S
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything here was amazing! I definitely recommend trying the pastas and the lamb!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always and lovely hospitality from all the staff and the owners. Our server was very knowledgeable about the wine list among a group of wine people.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lorella the chefs wife is an attentive and gracious woman who only added to the wonderful dining experience. The food is frankly amazing.

AV
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The sea bass and squid ink were good. The portions are on the small size for the price. My fish was like 2 oz for $39. The restaurant is small but cozy.

m
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb again. We love la Ciccia.

BF
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Did not like the food or ambience. The waiter was nice

SS
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If anything, La Ciccia is getting better! All the food we order was delicious as usual. The service was wonderful. It is our favorite restaurant in San Francisco.

JN
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood Sardinian restaurant with world class food. Even if you are not a regular the family that owns it make you feel welcome.

DO
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly spectacular meal & evening! We literally felt transported to Italia - the entire experience was so authentic and extraordinary (as only true Italians seem able to accomplish). We were celebrating a 60th birthday - a very special occasion - and could not have chosen a better spot. Two thumbs as far upwards as the can go. Grazie mille!

SF
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic and true to Sardinia traditional restaurant! Really enjoyed

PO
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just as described. small, out of downtown and wonderful.

MM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal of the year for us. The Spaghetti with Bottarga is our staple and we had 3 outstanding appetizers.
The ingeniously creative dessert was an orange panna cotta with BLACK SQUID INK. Who does that? It was really good.
La Ciccia is our favorite restaurant.

L
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant continues to shine as the best in San Francisco. Best food. Best service. Best people. The warmth of the staff and the pride in serving great food is unsurpassed.

l
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

l
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a jewel. All Italian foods are not alike!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner! We came from Philadelphia for the weekend and so glad we choose this restaurant!

EB
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Neighborhood treasure! Succulent complex sauces on fresh pasta. The octopus appetizer is a must-eat delight.

LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. I am a regular patron.

CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. This was a special birthday dinner. We had grilled calamari, squid ink pasta (fregola), and branzino. Everything was extremely well prepared. Service was attentive but not intrusive. And the owner is so warm and friendly, you feel like you’re a guest in her home.

PF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food , not just the usual Italian menu, well prepared and delicious. A wonderful wine list with Italian favorites and wines we were unfamiliar with, can't wait to try some of them.

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, I've gone twice in 2 weeks! .

s
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The octopus soup and the prawns at La Ciccia are fantastic dishes. The wine list is great if you are looking for a bottle to share, and decent if you only want a glass. The service and staff are also pleasant. Unfortunately most of the food (calamari, squid ink pasta, pasta with roe, lamb) just doesn't hit the mark. The vegetables that accompany the dishes are also--how shall we say it--bad bad not good. A few gems mixed in with a lot of duds, but a nice spot nonetheless. 3/5

e
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the food was excellent, especially the pasta dishes.

OT
Berlin
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian place in town. The food is world class and the service is perfect. It’s nice and warm in there.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This place is vastly OVERRATED! After dining here twice, the apps, salads and pasta dishes have been “meh”. Most recently, my burrata with arugula was run-of-the-mill. My spaghetti had some mushrooms - it tasted so bland like something I could buy form a national grocery store chain.

Additionally, they can’t find the balance for my gift certificate, so there goes $60 down the drain with the hostile, aggressive attitude of the Manager thrown in.

Don’t waste your time or money here.

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were incredible - La Ciccia was the best Italian food experience we've had in SF so far. The Bottariga and Calamari were to die for.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, authentic Italian food and hospitality.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Owner was excellent, waiter was terrible. Didn’t give us specials and recited the menu when we asked for recommendations. We were fortunate to be dining with someone who had eaten there before and made solid recommendations. Food was outstanding and owner was very nice and welcoming. Great restaurant!

A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. The restaurant has an authentic homey feel perfect for a date or dinner with family and friends. The service was fantastic and attentive.

BL
San Francisco
234 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a terrific dining experience for my husband's birthday. First, all the staff are so warm and welcoming, and they are so knowledgeable about the food and the wine. We were made to feel as if we were honored guests. There was a special supplemental menu featuring foods of Emilio-Romagna so our meal included one of those items plus some amazing Sardinian foods. Our Sardinian choices included flavorful calamari (braised in an oil and possibly vinegar sauce with some wilted greens - delightful!) as a starter, and entrees of grilled head on shrimp (large, tender and seasoned perfectly) with a vegetable side plus brandino (2 large fillets over a bed of chopped cooked tomato, onion and peppers). The food was so tasty and it felt as if we were in a small trattoria in Italy. We also shared a pasta from Emilio-Romagna that was incredibly good - spinach tagliatelle in a sauce that included mortadella and grated tuna heart - the sauce was a red-orange, it had a bit of a kick and it combined the saltiness of the mortadella with the brininess of the tuna. Dessert included gelato, a nice sweet ending to our meal. For our wine, our server guided us and we selected a white wine with a lot of depth of flavor - a Sardinian version of Sauvignon Blanc but with less citrus. The wine complemented all our dishes. Portions are generous and we left with enough for another meal. Although the restaurant is small, it feels cozy and we really didn't hear conversations from the diners nearby. We've been here a few times and each time we have a wonderful meal and wonder why we don't dine there more regularly. This is a spot worth seeking out because of the quality of the food and service.

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