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Of the many reasons to visit the charming upscale shopping stretch on upper Fillmore, this small, award-winning restaurant tops my list. Perpetually crowded, locals flock here for the fine cooking of Executive Chef (and 2014 “Food & Wine” Best New Chef winner) Matthew Accarrino paired with the exceptional Italian wine list crafted by award-winning wine director and owner Shelley Lindgren. Order an array of plates to share—perhaps green asparagus and halibut cheek with brown butter and tarragon zabaglione or black cod, gulf prawn, tomato braised cannelini bean, salumi, and wild fennel shoot—and take advantage of the opportunity to sample three-ounce wine tastes so you can mix and match your way through a perfect San Francisco meal.