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Italian Dinner with old friend in SF

I have an old friend in town from NJ/NY. Looks like we're going to go for Italian. The three places of interest are: Delfina, Specchios or Vega. Help me decide. Thanks!

Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

2331 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Oct 19, 2011
steiny in San Francisco Bay Area

Dinner in Oakland with Old Friend

An old friend (she was local but now living in Portland) is in town staying at the Downtown Marriott on Broadway. I'm not an Oaklandite so I need recommendations for restaurants within a short drive from her hotel. A couple of places I'm considering:

Chez Panisse Cafe

Would love to sit outside. Any cuisine is fine. Any price point is fine.


Mezze Restaurant & Bar
3407 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610

Chez Panisse
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Jul 26, 2010
steiny in San Francisco Bay Area

Big XMas Dinner in North Beach

We are a group of 30 that will be going to Beach Blanket Babylon for our XMas party on a Friday night. We need a restaurant within a short walk from the play for a dinner after the show. Ambiance (fun) needs to be better than food. Any suggestions for a restaurant that can handle this size (maybe a back room?).

Thanks for any input.

Nov 09, 2009
steiny in San Francisco Bay Area

European Style Grocery Store and/or Bakery in South Bay

We are looking for a European Style grocery store and/or bakery in the South Bay (Campbell, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara). I know Milk Pail in Mountain View is great and Trader Joe's has alot of different items. Anything else out there that I should know about?

Nov 15, 2006
steiny in San Francisco Bay Area

Reasonable and Innovative Caterer on the Peninsula

I am having a big party next year (150 people) and want to start investigating caterers on the Peninsula. I would love something reasonable but innovative and tasty. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Aug 01, 2006
steiny in San Francisco Bay Area