Puccini & Pinetti, One of San Francisco’s Best Restaurants for Kids

William Makes Some Pizza

Puccini & Pinetti welcomes kids — Italian restaurant in Union Square, San Francisco Well I just got my four little ones down for bed after a great adventure this evening. Earlier today I was trying to think of something fun to do with my kids. My kids are a handful mind you. Jack is 6, Will is 5, Holly is 4 and Kate is 2. So as you’d imagine dining out is always a challenge.

So it was great interest that I checked out San Francisco’s Puccini & Pinetti’s web site (linked above). So I decided to take the kids into the city for dinner — and what a great evening we had.

Puccini & Pinetti is about the most kid friendly restaurant I think I’ve ever been to. It is conveniently located about 2 blocks from the Powell Street BART station, so our adventure tonight started with a BART train ride. Because kids under 5 ride BART for free this saves a bit too.

My kids just love BART. Riding a train for them is such a thrill. So we made our way out of Powell Street Station and walked the few blocks to Puccini & Pinetti and had dinner.

One of the super fun things to order for kids at Puccini & Pinetti is their kids pizzas. With the kids pizzas the kids actually make their own pizza there at the restaurant. They are brought the dough and sauce and cheese and some pepperoni and spread it all on themselves and make it just like they want. Then the waiter takes the pizzas back to the kitchen where they are cooked up for the kids.

Meanwhile the kids are given crayons and kids water cups with straws. Dad of course had a beer. I can’t remember what it was but it was a tasty micro brew Pilsner from Berkeley.

Tonight we were seated in a great big booth that was great for containing the kids.

The service at Puccini and Pinetti’s is outstanding. Really some of the best service I’ve ever received in any restaurant. I think the water guy refilled my water glass about 5 times and both the waitress and host came by to visit. The waitress made a point at the end of our dinner to tell me that another couple at another table had commented on what a great job I’d done with the four little ones. I love tipping nicely when the service is amazing so it felt good to leave a good size tip for that excellent service.

After our dinner we took a walk up the St. Francis Hotel where we rode the glass elevator up and down a few times. The kids LOVED that. Watching their excitement as the glass elevator shot from the ground up to the 31st floor was so much fun. I had to stop them after two trips up and down as they could just keep doing that all night long. There were two many shadows on the view to get a decent shot this evening. But here’s a shot I took from that elevator last week which is a worthwhile view to shoot if you ever make it to the St. Francis.

Afterwards we took the BART train home and I put my four tired little ones to bed. Jack and William have their first day of school tomorrow. I’m glad we had such a fun night the night before.

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5 Comments

  1. Hmm a pilsner from Berkeley, it wasn’t a Trumer was it?

  2. JeffH says:

    A great post! I have two kids and they can be a handful in restaurants and other public settings, especially my 2 year old son. I can’t imagine keeping track of four kids under six! Your kids must be very well behaved.

    It’s great to find decent restaurants that are kid friendly. There are lots around if you look. Generally places with lots of background noise are great because the kid noise just blends in and does not bother others at adjacent tables. I’m always really self conscious about my kids making noise or misbehaving in restaurants, because I know what it like to be out at a nice place and have to put up with someone else’s kids making a scene. If my kids start acting up, I’m out the door with them until they calm down. Luckily my daughter who just turned 9 is old enough to know how to behave and is not a worry any longer.

  3. Andrea says:

    It looks like someone with four kids have had or will have a free diner at Puccini & Pinetti…
    LOL

  4. Thomas Hawk says:

    Hmm a pilsner from Berkeley, it wasn’t a Trumer was it?

    David, that was *exactly* the one! Thanks! It was good.

    Generally places with lots of background noise are great because the kid noise just blends in and does not bother others at adjacent tables.

    Jeff, Totally. And that’s what’s great about this place. Lots of background noise. Plus the booth that they gave us was not directly attached to any others so there was a bit of distance.

    It looks like someone with four kids have had or will have a free diner at Puccini & Pinetti…
    LOL

    Haha Andrea, no free dinner yet. They had no idea I was going to blog their restaurant. I didn’t have any idea that I was going to until after the fact. I think it was the excellent service that made me want to blog it most of all. Really nice people who made a point to interact with the kids.

    The place really goes out of it’s way to promote itself as a kid friendly restaurant even with a sign saying that on the door and I thought it was a great find that I wanted to share with other parents. The nice thing about it being near a BART station too is that it makes for an easy adventure into the city without having to worry about parking.

  5. JeffH says:

    Thomas, are you still contributing to geekdad.com? This would be a great story for their web site.