Piccino

4.7
1217 reviews
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When we opened the doors of our tiny restaurant in December 2006, our goal was to make Piccino as welcoming as the home of a close friend, our food as simple and beautifully executed as possible. We're honored that Piccino became a thriving hub of the community. In May of 2011, we moved from our original space into a new home (dubbed The Yellow Building) on the corner of 22nd & Minnesota Streets.

Our menu still features the classic and seasonally driven thin-crust pizzas and polpette Piccino is known for; our salads and soups use the finest organic produce sourced directly from small local farms. Piccino's menu has expanded to include more small starter plates, house-made pastas, contorni (vegetable sides), and special entrees of meat, fish, or poultry. Seasonal desserts and expertly made coffee complete our daily offerings.

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7.7

Piccino is a standby, in every sense of the word.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal. Service was excellent. We love Piccino.

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

Do not miss the chicken liver bruschetta if it is on the menu!

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PB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

hosts were accompanying re table choice, waitress friendly and professional, food stellar as always

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KR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The salads were great, the pasta was tasty, but the pizza was burned to a crisp and they only serve premixed drinks, what?

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DF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food and wonderful wine list too. Great value and not too hard to park.

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j
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife's meatballs excellent, salmon dish, collar bone (am I describing it correctly), was delicious. Excellent service. Nice ambience.

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s
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love here. Food are beautifully placed on the plate and very very tasty. Not too much, not too simple, just great. I have been visited many Italian restaurants in Tokyo but this is definitely one of my best. Please visit here with your loved one when you have chance to stay in San Francisco.

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S
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit and we were 5 adults & a baby. They were totally hospitable and attended to all our needs seamlessly. Most importantly, every dish we ordered was excellent. Will definitely go back!

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Always fresh. Always interesting.

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ER
San Francisco
121 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the location, ease of parking and the menu is always fun. The wine choices this time weren’t my favorite. Our wait person was wonderful. She shared her thoughts on the dishes and helped us make some great decisions for a meal we thoroughly enjoyed.

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DP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

If you're tired of the edgy hipster SF resto's that seem to compromise on comfort for creative, look no further. Piccino has creative plates, comfort in every bite and an atmosphere of busy calmness. Service was friendly and knowledgeable without being pretentious - like being welcomed into someone's home.
The short rib was possibly the best I have ever eaten - perfectly seasoned, uber tender and just the right amount - and the creamy cloud of polenta on which it rested was also delicious. Appetizers did not disappoint either - the chicken liver crostini was as delicious as it was unique. Dessert, prepared by a chef with the warmest smile in the room, was a lemon meringue tarte - with a handful of quarter-sized circles of meringue - the perfect amount.
The only reason I couldn't do 5 stars across the board was the wire chairs at the bar, which are fine but not perfectly comfortable. This will not stop me from going back nor from sitting at the bar.

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SF
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great and service was top notch!

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J
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Hey informative and friendly staff

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M
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our pasta dishes were so delicious!
Love the ambience!
Great restaurant!!!!

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S
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there... Loved everything about it. Food was outstanding. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Atmosphere was casual. It was a perfect relaxing Friday evening... We will be back!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointed. Bad service, oversalted fish with no flavor.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. All the staff were friendly and helpful and the food was absolutely incredible. The ambiance was nice and the space was lovely. It's a great place to go for a small celebration or date. I'm definitely coming back.

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CA
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this local neighborhood restaurant. Always a great experience. Menu changes to the seasons which makes this a special treat each time we visit.

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AE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Piccino did not disappoint! Even for my guest, a food conscious vegetarian New Yorker, it was a wonderful experience.

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L
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was very good
As was the food - nice choices on the menu for any appetite

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RL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and pleasant service. Only downside was each course came out super fast and we felt rushed even though we mentioned we were not in a hurry and wanted to take out time with the courses. Outside if that, overall very good experience

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p
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food always good and love the hood.
Service really fell down for our lunch. They failed to clean up dirty plates etc.
And, there was a little attitude from the server.

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DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to go for dinner with just my husband. Absolutely delicious!!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Terrible service, mediocre food.

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C
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great (but expensive) wine selection. The burrata was surprisingly small for the price and I wasn't the biggest fan of the accompanying endive potato chip combination. I had the waitress choose my meal which was a pasta with fennel sausage, kale & cheese -- very good. The people I dined with got a personal pizza (which was good) and the gnocchi (cooked to perfection). And the best part: dessert. Their mini zeppoles accompanied by an icing + small berries was amazing. We also got the chocolate hazelnut moose & ice cream which was brilliant.

Will be going back v. soon -- thank god we live so close!

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food

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d
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food beautifully prepared.

Friendly service.

Lovely setting.

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JB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A light bright setting with a calm ambience, excellent food and service.

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NY
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great preparations - but a little inflexible on changes

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JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my favorite spots in SF, terrific food, great wine and a really lovely staff. Don’t miss this gem!

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a favorite of mine. The food is consistently good. It is one of my go-to places to take friends, especially ones that are visiting. They also have a wonderful coffee bar next-door where you can pick up a latte and a baked good to enjoy as you stroll around the neighborhood

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HN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently great seasonal fare - fresh and always a unique combination of ingredients (flavor profiles) that upon reading on the menu makes you curious and always pleasantly surprised when they pull it off.

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d
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Piccino has become one of our all time favorite places in SF. It’s away from the more frenetic dining centers of the city but matches the quality of the finest. Its cozy location and ambiance reminds me of the excellent neighborhood bistros you’d find in Paris or Rome. All the food was wonderful, but the pizzas are always a standout.

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JJ
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! We are regulars. Never disappoint

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AJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful evening!! Food is delicious, service lovely and friendly, and cool vibe! Highly recommend and we will be back!! Thank you Charlie and team!!

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J
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is amazing here. Continually creative salads pizza and brunch. Delicious always. You have to try the ginger scones.

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TL
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chose a seafood dinner with champagne and quite possibly best meal ever.

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T
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh food and creative menu. Excellent service!

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JS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place for a lovely lunch. The food is fresh and delicious. The service is friendly and attentive and the setting is beautiful.

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RR
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant and am never disappointed in the food or service. My only quibble is that the glasses of wine are extremely pricey.

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