Capannina Ristorante San Francisco

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Capannina Ristorante – Intimate & authentic Italian

Every dog that walks by Capaninna wants to stop and wait for owner Michele Di Ruocco to come out and greet them. Sounds funny I know, but it’s because he always has a treat and affection to offer to all dogs. I love him for that.

Capannina is one of of those true neighborhood restaurants. Dining at Capannina is like being at a favorite family member’s house for a home-cooked meal. We are always welcomed with a hug from Michele (pronounced Mee-Kay-Lay) and an update on where he last traveled – which is sometimes to his native home, the island of Capri in Italy.

I LOVE the food here. I often get pasta for my entreé because it’s one of my favorite Italian meals. Some of the pasta dishes at Capaninna are fatto a casa (homemade) but there are so many other types of entreés that I adore, it’s sometimes hard to choose!

The inside of Capaninna is intimate but I’ve never felt crowded by other tables. However, we often sit outside under the heat lamps to enjoy the people-watching and pet the dogs that walk by or are dining with their owners.

The owner Michele, always makes a point to say goodbye to everyone and thank them for coming to Capaninna. He is a genuine, caring person and his personality and style are reflected in the authentic quality of food and atmosphere of his restaurant.

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Details about this spot



1809 Union Street, San Francisco

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon-Thurs 17:00 - 22:00, Fri-Sat 17:00 - 22:30, Sun 17:00-22:0


Gnocchi: US$ 19

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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)