Rose Pistola Restaurant

Rose Pistola Restaurant

Originally posted on July 31, 2010 |

Rose Pistola’s rustic cuisine focuses on food from Northern Italy, it’s situated on Columbus street (between Green and Union Streets) in the heart of North Beach action,regulars and tourists alike seem to frequent this spot, as they have a great happy hour Monday through Friday between lunch and dinner, which offers drink specials and a limited menu. Outside tables are very nice for people watching and taking in the hustle and bustle of this awesome part of San Francisco.

At this trendy but warm restaurant, the menu lends itself to family-style dining, from wood fired pizza’s, seasonal small plate antipasti, and pasta’s with flavorful sauces, to whole roasted fish and grilled and rotisserie meats and fowl. Their wine list is very nice, with nationally recognized wines from Italy (of course) and California, many from small, unique wineries with a limited production. Rose Pistola’s bar and lounge area is gorgeous, with soft lighting, beautiful floral arrangements and a full view of the chef’s, chopping, preparing and making those scrumptious wood fired pizza’s.

There are some very unique items on the menu, such as fried squash blossoms with tomato relish and lemon, as well as grilled sardines (maybe not for everyone), Bruschetta with grilled peaches, stracchino and mint, one must also try the ever mouth watering fried chickpeas.Artisan cheeses abound, along with a stunning dessert menu, Ricotta Cheesecake with oven roasted honey crisp peaches, need anything else be said?

Service leaves something to be desired at this restaurant and they could definitely bump it up, but the overall experience is pleasant. Live entertainment is offered Friday and Saturday nights, starting around 9:30 p.m and there is a Sunday Jazz Happy Hour from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m, Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday (and some holidays) at 10:00 a.m Regular dining hours are: Lunch M – F from 11:30 am and Dinner nightly from 5:00 pm. Full menu available at and contact # is (415) 399-0499. Address: 532 Columbus Ave, San Francisco

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