La Ciccia

4.8
2343 reviews
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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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in SF! The staff is amazing and the pasta is the best in town. Couldn't recommend more!

LO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in SF. It is like taking a micro trip to Sardenia and eating the best of the island cuisine !

J
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We love coming here. It's a San Francisco gem!

ML
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian restaurant in San Francisco bar none!

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AN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is now many years we go back and I never get a bad meal. The octopus is always tender, tha ragu' was deep and balanced.

m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Ciccia continues to amaze and surprise me after being a customer for going on 12 years.
You are greeted warmly at the door by Lorella Degan, La Ciccia’s co-owner, seated quickly, and then look forward to the joy of eating a really well-prepared, delicious Sardinian meal. The wait staff is attentive but does not hover; you will be told of the evening specials, and initially served wonderful, crusty bread -or if you order it, a flavorful Sardinian flat bread. There are a number of “appetizers”; my favorites are the calamari or the spicy octopus stew. Then, of course, a pasta; all are rich, yet pleasant and not overwhelming-you must have room for a hearty “main course,” a choice of fish or meat dishes.
Occasionally, Massimo Conti, the chef and co-owner, may leave his busy kitchen to greet customers and chat a bit.
Finish with a dessert and espresso to balance the lovely Italian wine you’ve imbibed during your wonderful meal.
You leave as if you’ve spent an evening in Sardinia.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

La ciccia is an excellent Italian restaurant. All the dishes are made with great care and it has the right amount of experimental and classic cuisine. It is expensive but you won’t regret it!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the place felt special. I was greeted upon arrival by one of the owners. She was very warm and welcoming. I had decided to catch a ride to the restaurant about an hour before my reservation figuring if they couldn’t get me in early, I would just explore the area. They were able to seat me right away in a perfect little spot. I was originally there to try the Spaghittusu cun Allu Ollu e Bottariga. This was a dish I had made in my home but had not seen on a menu. It was delicious. Before the main course, it was recommended to try the Prupisceddu in Umidu cun Tomatiga, or octopus stew. Incredible is really all I can say. My waiter was very good about pairing a wine with each dish as well. He was also good at recommending a desert, Truta de Arrescottu (Sardinian Ricotta and Saffron Cake Honey and Toasted Almonds). Although a mouthful to say, the flavors were simple and delicious. I can’t wait to go back the next time I’m in town. An absolute gem.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had my second amazing meal here and can’t wait to come back!

M
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Wonderful ambiance. Would definitely return.

M
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best authentic Sardinian food in San Francisco! A real treat.

OT
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Intimate Sardinian restaurant with fresh seafood, perfect pasta, a huge wine list and attentive staff. It was our first time there and we loved it. The food was nuanced without being fussy. Just wonderful.

s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top 5 restaurant in SF.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Food was delicious. Recommendations on wine and food were great. Loved our meal and the overall experience.

MB
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding, especially the simple tomato pasta dish.

SK
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Ciccia is hands down my favorite Italian/Sardinian restaurant in the city! The botarrga pasta and uni with tuna heart pasta is to die for. Wonder wine list with amazing Sardinian wines. Need to make reservations weeks in advance, but we’ll worth the wait!

LW
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This food is made with love and you can taste it in every bite. Beautiful meal, sharp service but the interior felt like a Hobby Lobby clearance sale. Just me being a snob. Doesn't matter, the food is so amazing you're transported somewhere else, I would highly recomend! You'll have tears in your eyes after your second bite.

b
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The preparation, presentation, and quality of each plate was exceptional. Wines by the glass were very good. It was an excellent meal, though the restaurant was very small with tables very close to each other and a very loud crowd drowning out our conversation.

E
London
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The pasta was wonderful; everything else was good but not exceptional in anyway.

n
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The "Malloreddus a sa Campidanese (Semolina Gnochetti Pork Sugo Pecorino Sardo Dop)" was wonderful. The "Pisci de Mari Arrustiu (Market Fish)" which was a branzino was cooked to perfection. The "Pezza de Angioni a sa Saba (Seared Lamb Tenderloin Tagliata drizzled with Saba)" which there was a plate full of lamb also was cooked to perfection.

M
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great pasta! Surprised by the generous portions. Service was strange.

m
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Ciccia continues to surprise and amaze me after dining here for twelve years.
It's wonderful to walk in and to be greeted by Lorella Degan, the co-owner, and seeing some of my neighbors here again as well as visitors from other parts of the city, other towns, other states, other countries. I have chatted with diners from as close as North Beach and as far away as Norway. Tonight, with my son, daughter, and daughter-in-law we were served by a wonderful group of attentive waiters: Michael, Julio, and Danielo who brought us a basket of delightfully slightly sour warm bread, an octopus salad tart and fresh, calamari, succulent and tender surrounded with greens-a salad in itself, and then two pasta dishes: an evening special of perfectly al dente spaghetti with a powerful meat sauce of lamb-probably more, but I've forgotten.
Every so often, the other co-owner, Massimo Conti, will pop out of the kitchen to say hello to diners. When he chats with you about the decline in oceanic sea life-the food we live on-you realize how fragile things in our world are.
We also had an order of gnocchi, tiny succulent potato dumplings in a rich sauce.

Hey, it's neighborhood. Don't tell anyone. They're busy enough. "Non lo dire a nessuno".

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal foos

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Meal wound up being very expensive and honestly food was pretty average. Just not a ton of flavor in any of the dishes. There are definitely better Italian options in SF

j
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always outstanding. The staff is gracious and knowledgable. We always feel well cared for when we eat at La Ciccia.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, visiting from New Jersey and found this neighborhood gem. Absolutely delicious, fantastic service and spot on wine recommendation for a good price point. The homemade rigatoni with shaved truffles was a palate pleaser. We will be back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and special.

DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grazie per una bellissima serata. Ci vediamo in Uganda.

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k
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at this restaurant is exceptional. Had to wait weeks to get a reservation but it was worth it.

MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have already recommended La Ciccia to all of my friends. Such a gem in San Francisco!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfectly sized restaurant for a great dinner. excellent food, especially the pasta. worth the trek.

M
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative and delicious. The service was fantastic as well.

JA
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious food and lovely people.

J
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, interesting wines, excellent and friendly service, nice vibe. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

Y
San Francisco
186 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique cuisine expertly and graciously executed. Every item we ate or drank was special, ingredients perfectly curated and plates artfully presented.
Wish they would open another place closer to us.

JD
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful. Fabulous, unique offerings, lovely and attentive service. Just a fine spot.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to this restaurant many times over the years and the quality remains excellent. Love the squid, love the flat bread

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very Authentic italian/sardinian cuisine. Quite yummy but just a few too many tables packed into the space and a tiny bit pricey.

S
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, as was our server, as are the owners, as was the wine. Need I say more? For the adventurous, the shaved bottarga was outstanding!

LD
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I'm so glad a found this spot. Authentic, incredibly tasty cuisine from Sardinia paired with a great selection of wines. Not to mention how warm and approachable the owners are. I can't wait to go back!

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