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Cafe Zoetrope in SF is Francis Ford Coppola's Masterpiece


Cafe Zoetrope is owned by the legendary film director and winemaker Francis Ford Coppola, who made films like The Godfather, Apocalypse Now and Bram Stoker's Dracula. It's named after his famous production company and is located in the majestic Sentinel Building in the heart of San Francisco's North Beach.

Like an entertaining movie, this place has an opening, a plot and a fulfilling conclusion, all of which will send you home saying "Bravo! Bravo!"

Cafe Zoetrope pulls you in with its warm and inviting d'cor, wows you with professional and attentive service, and then satisfies you with its fine Italian cuisine. It's a delightful little European style cafe with a great menu and an extensive selection of Italian and California wines.

Memorabilia from Coppola's films adorn the walls of Cafe Zoetrope, including the pieces of cotton Marlon Brando stuffed in his mouth when he mumbled his lines as Don Corleone in The Godfather (just kidding).

CafeZoetrope offers dining both inside and out, with heated sidewalks, which enable patrons to eat in the night air of San Francisco, regardless of how cold or foggy it may be.

The menu at Cafe Zoetrope is varied and fun -- from hearty pastas to creative appetizers and small dishes - all the way to great pizzas and calzones.

We have been there several times and tried numerous items, but the Spaghetti alla Putanesca ($11.00) always stands out. It's a wonderful combination of fresh homemade pasta, tomato sauce with olives, capers and garlic. Another pasta dish of note at Cafe Zoetrope is the Linguine alle Vongole ($14.50), with fresh clams, white wine, parsley and red pepper flakes. This is not your standard spaghetti with canned clam sauce, which is what you'll find throughout North Beach. Cafe Zoetrope's version of this traditional dish is exquisite, with fresh ingredients and a pasta that's perfectly al dente and to die for.

If you like things like Broccoli Rabe ($4.25), saut'ed in olive oil, garlic and shallots; Sauteed Crimini Mushrooms ($4.75); and Radicchio ($7.00), consisting of treviso radicchio, with an orange and balsamic dressing, then this place will knock your socks off with its simple and elegant approach to just about everything on the menu.

The pizzas at Cafe Zoetrope are also outstanding - from the basic Pizza Marinara ($9.00) to the Pizza Quattro Stagioni ($12.50) with fresh tomatoes, ham, olives mushrooms and basil, you can't go wrong with these amazing pies -- people who know pizza will love these marvelous creations. There's nothing too fancy here, but everything I've tried has been excellent.

Cafe Zoetrope is located at 916 Kearny Street in San Francisco, and is open every day for lunch and dinner. Their phone number is: (415) 291-1700.

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By Cindy on June 26, 2007 at 12:42 pm
Great article! Great writing. I love this newspaper.
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