When it comes to global food options, we're pretty spoiled here in San Francisco. Throw a dart at a map, consult the internet and you'll probably come up with more than a few places worth trying. This is definitely true for Italy, but hear us out when we say Montesacro Pinseria-Enoteca is different. This place is so authentic you'll have to peek outside and make sure you don't see the Colosseum. Leave pizza to your favorite Neapolitan joint and try its ancient cousin, pinsa — flatbread topped with gooey white cheese, fresh tomatoes and a smattering of meats and veggies. A century ago a bakery stood in this very spot. You'll taste its legacy in each bite of rice, soy and wheat flour pinsa.


An homage to Rome with a flatbread so ancient, Virgil described it in the Aeneid.
It's the only pinseria in the entire United States.
510 Stevenson St., Mid-Market/SOMA, San Francisco, CA 94103
Mon.-Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 4-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. & 4-11 p.m.


By Mike Weiss

San Francisco-based marketer Mike Weiss has an undying love for sports, film photography and anything with gin. He's a firm believer that the West Coast is the best coast. Find him on Twitter @mikeini.