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Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.

Best Italian Restaurants in the U.S.: Acquerello

Daniel Morris

Acquerello, San Francisco

This Nob Hill institution helmed by co-owners Giancarlo Paterlini and Suzette Gresham-Tognetti isn’t just the fine-dining Italian restaurant you go to for special occasions out of habit. It’s stayed consistently great and kept relevant since its 1989 debut, winning a coveted Michelin star for six years and counting. The classic tasting menu stars truffle-stuffed chicken with leek custard as well as ridged pasta with "foie gras" in a Marsala and black truffle sauce. (Those quotation marks allude to the creative use of duck liver; the state banned foie gras in July 2012.) There’s a seasonal tasting, too, and you can always order à la carte for a more contemporary take on the classic flavors of Italian food using the freshest ingredients California can provide.


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