33 W Portal, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9412737.740370 -122.466016
Daily 11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m
Neighborhoods: West Portal, Twin Peaks West
Another West Portal Favorit – Nice little Italian restaurant in West Portal with good service and consistently good food.
NO DENTAL PLAN!!! – Went in for pizza specifically. Ordered the stagioni (4 toppings). The description mentions the toppings, but not that they are individualized on their own slice. Not everyone gets a slice of each ingredient because of the odd division of toppings to slices. The sauce is absolutely runny allowing your toppings to slip off uncontrollably. Three of the four toppings were undercooked, the mushrooms artichoke and olives. I DID BITE INTO A WHOLE OLIVE PIT! This pit was a surprise to the back molars. I ended up not finishing my meal (continue to write two hours later with an increased pain in the top and bottom rows). I mentioned this to the server and he seemed uninterested and stacked plates on top of it and left. When I filled out my check and handed it back, I asked for the manager. He told me that there is no manager, but he did tell the owner about the pit. THAT?S IT! Most owners would come over and offer a little compassion. I don?t ask for free hand outs and I am not litigious. All I ever ask for is a little sincerity and an appreciation for my patronage. I never met a true Italian who lacked relations with patrons. Never will I again come here and I will go out of my way to steer people clear.
Wonderful, Warm and Inviting Caffe – This is a wonderful Caffe. The food is great, their people provide timely service and the surroundings are warm and inviting. Given our demanding schedules, my wife and I eat out approximately 4-5 days a week...at least 1-2 times at Spiazzo Caffe. Their menu is diverse and offers many choices. If you are in the mood for flavorable pasta, salads, pizza, meat or fish dishes, this is the Caffe for you. We love it!!!
"SERVICE TOO FAST" - WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT – In San Francisco it is really hard to find a nice italian restaurant that will serve you in a FAST and Timely manner. To the person that wrote the review about my Father in Law's restaurant and said that they "Re-heat" their food, your full of it. The chef/owner (my father in law) prepares the dinner courses from scratch, hes been there for a very long time, so i would think he knows what he's doing. Don't eat there if you don't like it, but notice, your the only one that said it was a "below average" restaurant. Maybe you just don't know the great tastes of GREAT italian food. The workers/servers work extremely hard to prepare a meal for you and your families so that you can enjoy it and leave completely satisfied, if you felt as though it was too fast of service (who ever complains about fast service?), maybe you should have opened your mouth then and there. That way the workers/owners can improve their performance to better suit you.
Lack of Italian essence, overpowering ingredients – My parents wanted to bring me somewhere special to eat for a break from college dining food, and they chose to go to West Portal to find a decent restaurant. We stumbled upon Spiazzo Caffe and decided to dine there for the evening. Right when we walked into the place, I could smell something fishy (not only was it the stench of seafood, but a hint of cleaning product was in the air as well). We took our seats at a table that seemed too small for four, and looked over the menu. Everything looked appetizing at the time (the antipasti's, pasta dishes, and main courses). The food that we ordered came surprisingly fast for the items listed, and it was a disappointing appearance and taste. Too much salty, garlic, and cream. Perhaps the pasta dishes would be different than the antipastos, but it was the same. It came too quick for the dish of its nature, and everyone at the table agreed to its poor taste. The main dishes finally came, but at that point, we had all lost our appetite. It seemed that the 'chefs' just pre-cooked the food and just assembled it all together when the order was placed. It was the fastest meal I have ever had at a restaurant, not only because the food came unusually fast, but also my family and I just wanted to leave as soon as possible. The items on the menu are not as delicious as they seem. I probably would have had a tastier meal if I stayed in my dorm and ate the cafeteria food instead. To anyone who's looking to have a classic Italian dinner, avoid Spiazzo's.
Our new local favorite! – After moving to the neighborhood and trying a bunch of restaurants on West Portal, Spiazzo has quickly become our favorite. We've tried a variety of dishes and have never been disappointed. In addition to the food being delicious, the portion sizes are excellent -- there's plenty to share and we nearly always leave with leftovers. My boyfriend, who is a VERY picky eater, loves their minestrone. The yummy polenta appetizer is practically a meal in itself, and the pastas are fresh with something to be found for every palate. The prices are extremely reasonable (most entrees are around $10-15 and the wine list has many good yet affordable options) and their service has always been friendly and efficient without being overbearing. It's easy seating during the week but can get crowded on weekends. I just hope too many people don't find out about it! :)
Editorial Review – West Portal Italian restaurant serves classics such as pasta dishes along with seafood and meat entrees.
Nice Neighborhood Place for Tasty Italian Food – Went here with some friends on a friday night. We had no reservations but were sitted at an available table by the window. Very nice hostess. Service is almost too quick. Busser and wait staff cleared our table before we finished all our food. We felt a bit rush. Perhaps it was due to the number of people waiting to be sitted. We had the mussels, pork loin, and two pasta dishes. The portions are large enough to share. Staff is willing to split one order into two dishes for sharing. Food was very filling and satisfying. Kitchen does a good job with flavors and cook times. Nothing was overcooked and everything come out quickly. Desserts are also very good. Come here with a big appetite and you won't be disappointed. Good value for the quality.
Friendly service – We haven't dined here in many years and found the service staff to be quite friendly. The busboy was a little too enthusiastic & took our bread plates & knives before asking if we wanted more of the crunchy crusty bread (we did), and we had to ask him to bring more bread and new bread plates & utensils. The straciatella soup was delicious & even better w/Parmesan. My liguini vongole had fresh clams but I didn't care for the sauce. Hate to say it, but I prefer this dish prepared at Pasta Pomodoro, it did taste quite good the next day as leftover. My husband really enjoyed the chicken penne pasta. We shared a tiramisu and I found it to be more cream than cake. Would advise skipping. Another diner looked like she was really enjoying her ice cream pie, something I'll probably try next time.
Great Minestrone!!! – Popped in after a movie at the Empire (highly recommended as a post-movie spot) and fell in love as soon as that first bowl of piping hot minestrone showed up at the table. It is as good as the minestrone my italian aunts and grandmother used to make at Sunday dinners. The Focaccia is crusty and herb-y and so soft on the inside. I enjoyed the caprese salad as well, though the tomatoes could have had more flavor and the mozzarella wasn't outstanding. The prices are ridiculously reasonable and a quick snack for two (with wine) can be had for around $25.00 total.
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