Experience Italian cuisine the way it was meant to be: driven by the freshest, simplest ingredients possible. Flour and water are the stars here, and this modern, rustic spot — notoriously difficult to get a reservation at — turns out pizza and pasta the way Italian mamas have been doing it for generations.
Flour + Water is a perennial favorite that launched Thomas McNaughton's empire, which now also includes Central Kitchen and two outposts of Salumeria. Here, servers look casual in their street clothes but are also extremely knowledgeable about each dish.
Customers pour their own wine, but grab a spot at the bar and the bartender will help you choose the perfect glass for every course. Pair this laid back attitude with decor that is refurbished, repurposed, and reclaimed and you have the perfect San Francisco restaurant.
The communal table is a favorite where strangers share conversation and sometimes even food. The extensive list of Italian wines doesn’t hurt the boisterous atmosphere either.