La Ciccia

4.8
2302 reviews
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La Ciccia is a cozy and intimate restaurant located on the edge of Noe Valley. Husband and wife owners, Massimiliano Conti and Lorella Degan work together to take you to a culinary journey through the Italian island of Sardinia. The chef is committed to use the freshest and the most authentic ingredients from his native island, resulting in pungent, lively, flavorful food. The all Italian wine list,170 labels selection represent every Region with more than a quarter devote to Sardinia in order to pair the traditional earthy flavors as well seafood influence of Sardinia cuisine. La Ciccia is a tribute to Sardinia an experience not to be missed.
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San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent, as was our server, as are the owners, as was the wine. Need I say more? For the adventurous, the shaved bottarga was outstanding!

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LD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I'm so glad a found this spot. Authentic, incredibly tasty cuisine from Sardinia paired with a great selection of wines. Not to mention how warm and approachable the owners are. I can't wait to go back!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish, every bite delicious. Really need to go more often.

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M
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La Ciccia is the perfect neighborhood restaurant. The owners greet you like family and the wait-staff is friendly and professional. The food is outstanding, reflecting their Sardinian heritage. A favorite.

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BP
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently amazing from experienced people who insist on quality and deliver it. Wine list is Italian and interesting and servers can be totally trusted to steer you in the right direction regarding choices.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was absolutely delicious! By far the best Italian/Sardinian food you can get outside of Europe. My only annoyance was that the restaurant was very small, and therefore quite noisy. Other than that it was amazing!

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ES
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The service is wonderful and friendly but the food in my opinion was only Okay I kind of expected more because of all the wonderful reviews.

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San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual the food and service seemed to improve over the last time we were there. How high can they go when they started out on such a high plane and just get better and better. They always remember the wine we prefer. Every item on the menu is never less than superb.

This is our all-time favorite restaurant in San Francisco and we see nothing to change that. We simply cannot rate it high enough.

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TH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This meal was truly something special. Each bite was an explosion of flavor that left me wanting more. The service was outstandingly timely and helpful. We will be back for seconds!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Ciccia is now one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Every course we enjoyed last night was spectacular and deliciously flavorful. I highly recommend starting with the octopus stew followed by the spaghetti with spicy garlic oil and cured borttaga along with the Sardinian macaroni sea urchin with tomato and grated tuna heart. My mouth is watering as I type this. The extensive wine list is very impressive and includes something for everyone. The service is personable and attentive. La Ciccia is the exact place to go when you would like to enjoy outstanding authentic food in a cozy and warm environment.

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am italian and this is the best place outside Italy that I tried. Everything is perfect, well finished and the service is flawless

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YC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nothing to write home about - got the most popular pastas

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JN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this little authentic restaurant. The food is wonderful and traditional. The restaurant is small, best to book ahead.

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L
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Molto buono!!! Great place for a special date. Will come back.

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SM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific service. Excellent food. Extensive regional wine list. Comfortable and relaxing. We will be back!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely, fantastic, warm service with incredible food. One of our new favorites.

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a
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wonderful small restaurant with great food that reminded me of being in a trattoria in Italy. Great wine recommended that was very reasonable, which was nice as the wine list is quite extensive. The burrata and spicy octopus stew were outstanding!

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p
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Of all the restaurants in San Francisco, La Ciccia is at the top of my list of favorites. Loving attention to the food and the diners makes the restaurant shine!

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got a table right when the restaurant opened. The service was impeccable and all of the squid dishes that we tried were perfectly cooked.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spaghetti Bottarga was probably the best pasta I’ve ever had. Grazie.

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IM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went there for dinner with my wife on a weeknight. Excellent Sardinian regional food and wine list, good service, cramped & noisy, easy parking, a bit expensive (even for SF), but will go back for the food (it’s that good).

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time there, met our expectations on every level, would def recommend

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T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, and excellent service. Would highly recommend

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RR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lorella and Massimo always makes for a wonderful night. They continue to provide the rarest of experiences now nowadays in dining; combining the warmth and comfort of dinner with old friends with food that surpasses many Michelin starred restaurants. They also have an outstanding wine list including many great Sardinian wines.

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AS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, everything was wonderful. I always try to get there when it opens, as it can be very noisy.

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LM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered the penne with uni and the bucatini with bottarga and both were incredible.

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m
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to place for a nice night out. Never fails us. Remarkable wine list with picks from obscure Italian wineries. The food is beyond delicious.

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RR
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La Ciccia was recommended to me by a friend from Portland who was spending a night in San Francisco before a European vacation. That was probably 10 or 12 years ago. This was my third time dining here.
If anything, the food, which was excellent years ago, has gotten better. Or maybe my ordering is getting better. Although our server was very conscientious by pointing out the octopus appetizer I was expressing interest in was spicy. I love spicy but my gut can't handle it anymore, so I really appreciated that.
Our server, Donald, I think, was completely professional, really knew his menu, knew his extensive wine list very well, and had a very pleasant personality. Casual but professional.

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MW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been eating out at Italian restaurants here in SF for 41 yrs and LaCiccia ranks in our all time top 2-3 . A treasure because it is perfectly right-sized to be run by wife ( constant presence in the dining room ) and husband ( the chef ) owners , not by absentee multi-restaurant name chefs and/or passive investors with bored nomadic staff , so expect it be consistent . The food is unique because of their natively-sourced Sardinian ingredients . The calamari with basil oil , the fresh toothsome spaghetti with spicy oil and cured bottarga and the chewy nougat/ luscious chocolate semifreddo drizzled with Sardinian abbemele syrup are all out of this world delicious!

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l
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

extremely overrated. poor selection of dishes for vegetarian.

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Boise
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible and I will come here every time I come to the city. Sardinian food is now my favorite kind of food

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always!

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p
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place for a special night out with my ladies. They loved their meals - the Spaghittusu cun Allu Ollu e Bottariga (Fresh Spaghetti Spicy Oil Garlic Cured Fish Roe) and the Proccu cun Cibudda e Zaffarau (Breaded Pork Scaloppine Saffron Onions Smoked Pancetta) - it’s a large portion. And they loved the baby octopus appetizer. We all loved the flat bread, we had the cheese on the side. The bread they bring to the table is pretty useless, they could at least serve it warm? I eat almost vegan, I eat eggs, so I had the Spaghittusu cun Tomatiga e Casu (Fresh Spaghetti Plum Tomatoes Onions Saffron Fiore Sardo Dop) without the cheese. I tried to ask if they would add some vegetables or something, or more of an olive oil-ish sauce but they were not very accommodating. Though I don’t usually expect a place to be, when they are small, have a good chef, and have the ingredients and it’s pasta I have found they usually whip something more interesting up. It was ok, spaghetti with tomato sauce, but was a little disappointed to be honest. We asked the waiter for a recommendation on wine, we decided with a $35 corkage fee we would buy off their list which is extensive. He recommended a $64 (totally fine) Monterpulciano that was not impressive. That was sad. We had the Semifreddu de Ciuculatti (Chocolate Semifreddo Abbamele Toasted Hazelnuts) for dessert and they loved that. All said though we had a nice evening and are glad we went. But we agreed we would rather try something else new rather then return again. I think our experience may have been more of lack of effort from the waiter we had vs the restaurant as a whole. The women, owner?, who checks in with the tables is very sweet and does want you to be happy. I didn’t mention any of this to her.

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JL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Ciccia is a neighborhood gem.
The staff is welcoming & thoughtful in guiding you through the menu. We tried the spicy homemade pasta with fish roe. It was delicious & now favorite on list of all time great comfort food dishes.
The oven roasted shrimp -beautiful presentation ( buttereflied in shell) & succulent. Don’t forget to order the flat bread with tasty cheese- thin & crispy. Extensive interesting wine list. Will be going again soon.

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h
San Francisco
128 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner. The rigatoni special was a lamb ragout plus the salmon in a tomato sauce. The vegetables were also excellent. Would highly recommend. We took the Muni J line from downtown and arrived almost at the restaurant’s front door

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a
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing, they have down to Earth waiters and great ambiance.

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A
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The pasta was fresh and delicious with every spoon full your taste buds would scream for more. The mozzarella with aragula and anchovies was a great appetizer. The waiter helped us with our choices and the wine. We liked everything but the sea bass was just ok we have tasteed better fish but the pasta was incredibly creamy and smooth.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought I was over hyping it in my mind but it was incredible!

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AS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and service was excellent!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My ratings say it all... top quality, food, service and overall experience. Loved it. Will highly recommend.

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