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“Northern Italian with flair”
Review of Cotogna

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Ranked #168 of 6,271 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 20 - US$ 30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
Cross street: Montgomery
Transit: The Muni bus lines 1 California, 30 Stockton, 10 Townsend and 12 Folsom all stop within a block or two of Cotogna. The closest Bart stop, Montgomery Station, is a 10 minute walk.
Reviewed 12 September 2018

The three of us went on a weekday for lunch and the restaurant seems to be popular with a well-dressed business crowd (we were outliers as we were casually dressed because we going to a football game that day). Cotogna is in a business area of mostly low-rise buildings (with the exception of nearby Transamerica tower). It is small/intimate in scale without being too noisy or crowded together.
I had the Corn triangoli, which is a corn ravioli-like triangles in a light sauce with corn. It was very good and not overwhelming in size, thank goodness. My husband and brother-in-law had Raviolo with farm egg and brown butter, which is a very large ravioli with a soft-cooked egg inside. They loved it. Our dishes were $23-$24 each, and did not come with any sides.
This is a very nice place, especially if you're on an expense account and don't mind the prices. If you're not, you may find it somewhat expensive but enjoying the dining experience may override the cost.

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Reviewed 6 September 2018

So we were going Italian and I thought of North Beach but found this place. It's in the nether region between North Beach and the Financial District.

It's a smallish, brick place that is really kinda cool with outstanding service (it seemed we had 4 or 5 of the wait staff working on just making sure we were treated well....and it worked.

The menu is a little on the small side, but everything on it was tasty. Salmon was outstanding, the antipasti were all good and the pasta was great as were the deserts.

Worth finding.

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Thank Steve R
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Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

Went to contogna last Sunday and had a wonderful meal and experience. We were lucky enough to sit at the counter and had the pleasure of watching a skilled grill master coax flavors out of lamb, beef and vegetables over a massive wood burning grill. At the same counter, another chef manned the pizza station turning out perfectly charred crust creative pizzas. We started with a unique salad of crunchy green and yellow pole beans with an creamy dressing studded with cucumbers. We then had two pastas; a tagliatelle with a ragout of duck and agnolotti stuffed with pork. Both were delicious and we cleaned our bowls! We then followed that with a fennel sausage pizza with a base of fontina and topped with fresh baby arugula. Fantastic!! Haley was our server and did an exemplary job taking care of us. Looking forward to the opportunity to come back to San Francisco in the future and Cotogna will be a destination. Well done!

Thank Randall P
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Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

Pretty good service, we felt a bit rushed at first to make a decision about each course though. Pizza was yummy, the carbonara was vegetarian (great option!) though a bit bland and really rich. Appetizer was cool and different (halibut melon with chilies). An interesting spot but we’ve had better.

Thank Meghan T
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Reviewed 20 August 2018

My wife and I have dined at Cotogna on multiple occasions over the last couple of years. Cotogna is a "hot spot", always packed with people in a vibrant scene. The food is fantastic...from antipasto, to pasta to secondi piatti...It's too difficult to recommend a specific dish, they're all terrific. A solid wine list, great desserts along with a menu that changes with the seasons. Just a couple of blocks from Columbus Avenue in North Beach...street parking is available after 6 pm along Pacific Avenue along with valet parking. This is a "must-go-to" spot in San Francisco for locals and tourists alike....I will be shocked if you don't enjoy every minute at Cotogna.

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Thank Don C
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