North Beach's cafes, restaurants, and parks evoke a feeling of romantic Italy. Enjoy sipping a delicious coffee in a romantic outdoor cafe with a delicious pastry. Indulge in a huge pasta meal with perhaps a bit of wine... just a "smidge."
North Beach is that rare thing ...a neighborhood that manages to be a perennial hit with tourists like me, and also remains a beloved hangout for San Franciscans. It's best known as San Francisco's "Little Italy", with its high density of check clothed "ristorantes", "caffes" and Old World delicatessens. It's also a popular pilgrimage for fans of the Beat movement seeking the old haunts of Kerouac and Ginsberg. However, North Beach is no relic, and it has much to offer beyond pasta and poetry.
I went on a guided tour with Tom from Local Taste of the City Tours. As you taste everything from cappuccinos, chocolate truffles, sour dough and foccacia breads, cream filled pastries, macaroons the size of small tea plates, olive oils, specialty meats, arancini and more, your senses and your taste buds will come alive!!!!! I walked up the same steps to the church that Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe attended, I sat down in a cafe where Pavarotti, Bill Cosby and members of the Beat generation hung out. There was a little history thrown in along with more than our share of fabulous foods!!!!!It was a wonderful way to introduce myself to a new city...next stop was Chinatown!!!!
To get a taste of "Little Italy" try these recipes:
Taste.com.au - Suppli al telefono (bocconcini-filled risotto balls)
About. com - Arancini di Riso