Caffe Baonecci: Our Favorite Gay Friendly Italian Restaurant in San Francisco

Published Date Author: , December 3rd, 2011

Caffe BaoNecci - San FranciscoWe wanted to bring up one of our favorite SF eats again – Caffe Baonecci in the heart of North Beach.

We’ve been here several times before, but it was the first time we had a regular meal here.  More on that later.

Caffe Baonecci is a cute little Italian ristorante on Green Street, just one block east of Columbus, on the bottom floor of a converted Victorian. Run by the Gambaccini family who bought the old Danilo Bakery about five years ago, this is a place where you can come to talk with real Italians and hear real Italian spoken – a rarity these days in North Beach.

We’ve been learning Italian for almost four years, something we initially flirted with back in 2005 when we took an Italian for Travelers course before our three week trip to Italy. But even if you don’t speak the language, Caffe BaoNecci is a charming, friendly place with great food, and the family – Walter and his radiant wife Stefania and their two sons, Elia and Filippo – are fluent in Italian and English, and will welcome you warmly.

Caffe Baonecci

Photo from SFGate.com

Every second Thursday, the restaurant hosts a dinner and move night, and yesterday was no exception. The movies are Italian with english subtitles, and represent both classics and modern Italian romantic comedies.

But this time, we came to Baonecci for a regular meal – we were in SF for three nights, and we planned to have dinner here on the first one.

When we arrived, the place was really quiet, but it began to fill up while we dined – it seems San Franciscans like eating late, like the Italians.

We started off with two salads – Mark had a green salad, which he said was excellent, and I ordered the Caprese salad.  My Caprese filled up the whole plate – probably ten slices of tomato topped with the most wonderful mozzarella cheese and a bit of olive oil and basil – perfetto!

Caffe BaoNecciFor the main course, Mark had a pizza with salame that was simply divine – I ate a slice and a half – and Stefania whipped up a wonderful vegetarian pasta dish stuffed with zucchini, onions, mushrooms, and tomato sauce.

The whole Gambaccini family made us feel welcome, answering our questions and talking with us during dinner.

While we were too full for dessert, the one we had the first time, a thin crust pizza with Nutella, was delicious (though you will get sticky hands!).

If you’re looking for a little authentic Italy in North Beach, get over to Caffe Baonecci – they’re open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and lunch Tuesday through Sunday starting at noon. For more information about the restaurant and their Thursday movie nights, check their website here.  As of this writing, the movie nights are $30 per person.

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purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/2011/12/purple-roofs-december-2011-gay-travel-newsletter.html Purple Roofs December 2011 Gay Travel Newsletter | Purple Roofs Travel Blog said on December 5, 2011, 3:26 pm:

[…] Caffe Baonecci: Our Favorite Gay Friendly Italian Restaurant in San Francisco by Scott and Mark, Purple Roofs We wanted to bring up one of our favorite SF eats again – Caffe Baonecci in the heart of North Beach. We’ve been here several times before, but it was the first time we had a regular meal here. More on that later. Caffe Baonecci is a cute little Italian ristorante on Green Street, just one block east of Columbus, on the bottom floor of a converted Victorian. Run by the Gambaccini family who bought the old Danilo Bakery about five years ago, this is a place where you can come to talk with real Italians and hear real Italian spoken – a rarity these days in North Beach.http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/2011/12/caffe-baonecci-our-favorite-gay-friendly-italian-rest… […]

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Nicholas Patelos said on December 6, 2011, 5:22 am:

Sounds GREAT!!! I miss San Francisco. I lived there for a year in Stone Ridge, then moved to Sonoma for 2 years, & came back to NC in 2001.

Would love to come to Caffe Baonecci!
Nicholas Patelos

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