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The outdoor patio and hidden entrance are enough to be entranced by Sociale -- but luckily the food and wine are just as majestic.
The pasta is consistently spot-on al dente and the bar mixes darn fine Amaro-based cocktails to round out the deal.
Note that brunch is also excellent (and no lines in the Mission!
And as we’re dominating the hill category, we too have a competitive offering of Italian cuisines.
We're talking straight-up red sauce joints, Northern Italian and Sardinian, Cal-Ital and pastry shops, as well as high-end, gastronomic contemporary Italian destinations.