Experience Classic Roman Food at Locanda in the Mission
Locanda’s reputation for authentic Roman food and fresh, local ingredients was already established long before it opened in 2005; this is, after all, a part of the small group of renowned restaurants opened by Craig and Annie Stoll of Delfina, another Mission favorite.
Instead of focusing on pizza, Locanda’s executive chef Anthony Strong—who started as a line cook at Delfina in his early twenties—places much of his attention on pasta. The menu features eight simple pasta dishes, all Roman—try the orecchiette with sausage, broccoli raab, capers, and Parmesan cheese. And make sure to explore the extensive wine list.
Locanda is open Sundays through Thursdays from 5:30 to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Reserve online; valet parking is available.
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Step in from the bustle of the Mission's Valencia Street and Locanda transports you to the Italian capital.
Before Locanda opened in 2011, it was nearly impossible to find authentic bucatini all'amatriciana, the classic Roman pasta made with thick, hollow bucatini, chili-flecked tomato sauce, guanciale (cured pork jowl), and pecorino. Now, the hearty dish is a staple on Chef Anthony Strong's Roman-inspired menu. The knowledgeable and friendly wait staff will help you find a perfect wine to pair with what just might be the most perfect bowl of pasta this side of the Mediterranean.