La Ciccia serves delicious Sardinian food in San Francisco

If it seems to you that I’m doing a gastronomic tour of Italian restaurants in San Francisco, I assure you that is not accidental. I love Italian food (or rather, food from the various regions of Italy). It’s hard to define the term “Italian food” because the country’s cuisine is so varied. I like restaurants devoted to one regional cuisine because it allows you to take a culinary trip to an area of the world you probably have never visited.

Sardinia is an island off the coast of Italy, which has become a very popular holiday destination. Traditional Sardinian cuisine consists of hearty grains (instead of pasta), seafood and goat meat. Like Sicily, it has been at the crossroads of various civilizations (Phoenician, Greek, Roman, etc.) and that is reflected in their cuisine.

  • Vibe: neighborhood gem, small and cozy, casual, mostly people from the neighborhood (Noe Valley).
  • Pros: very delicious food you don’t find in SF such as malloreddus (small grooved pasta that looks like gnocchi and is made with semolina flour) and bottarga (cured fish roe, often from tuna and swordfish). They also serve pizza.
  • Cons: there are no cafes or bars around the restaurant so if you want to go for drinks or coffee, you’ll have to drive or take the SF Muni (J Line) which runs right in front of the restaurant.

La Ciccia
291 30th Street (at Church)
San Francisco, CA 94131
+ 1 415 550 8114
Reserve via Open Table

La Ciccia on Urbanspoon

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