Tommaso’s Ristorante Italiano has taken the North Beach district of San Francisco by storm with its incredible fusion of time-honored family tradition and beyond-reproach style of cooking. From coveted wood-fired brick oven pizzas to creative takes on pasta, we have been at the forefront of this town’s legendary dining scene since 1935, serving the community with a classic yet contemporary unique menu.
Our roots were planted at Kearny Street, just a few doors below the hustle and bustle of Broadway in North Beach, when an Italian restaurant opened its doors in 1935 boasting the first wood-fired brick oven for pizza on the West Coast. The eatery was known as Lupos, run by the Cantolupo family, who were immigrants from Naples and who secretly guarded family recipes by which to make pizza and Neapolitan dishes. After several hands had been passed the restaurant after the Cantolupos’ retirement in 1971, the ever-popular menu at Tommaso’s has evolved and become almost legendary amongst foodies, critics and celebrities alike.
Francis Ford Coppola, mastermind of The Godfather legacy, sipped espresso at Tommaso’s while working on the film’s script, eventually spreading word of the restaurant to friends such as Robert Duvall, Andy Garcia and Star Wars mogul George Lucas. Even local culinary aficionados Alice Waters and Wolfgang went on to model their own restaurants’ brick pizza ovens after Tommaso’s – to say nothing of the media accolades that have been bestowed upon it. USA Today named Tommaso’s pizza one of the 10 best in the U.S., while Herb Caen, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, wrote regularly about the food and dining experience that included local politicians and socialites in attendance.
Today, we are proud to continue serving the local North Beach community so graciously returning to enjoy the Tommaso’s experience…and we invite you to do the same. Often referred to as a “San Francisco institution,”Tommaso’s Ristorante has everything you are looking for in a sumptuous Italian meal – from highly-regarded pizza to entrees made with the very freshest of seafood and vegetables.
Explore why we’ve been a North Beach legacy for so long! Buon appetito!