Capannina 1809 Union St./Laguna St., Cow Hollow, (415) 409-8001. D daily; $$$. Reservations advised.
Specializing in the food of Capri, this cozy Italian restaurant’s name means “little hut on the beach.” It is a small venue with personable servers and excellent service. Meals begin with excellent sourdough bread and a tasty pesto sauce dip. Among the dishes that get raved about are black-ink rissotto with scallops, calamari stuffed with crab and cheese, crab cakes, scampi with linguine (served with heads on), braised short ribs, buffalo mozzarella and prosciutto ravioli, and pappardelle with a rich and chewy mushrooms and wild boar ragu (my favorite). Pastas are all housemade, and portions are generous. An early bird prix fixe three-course dinner is available between 5 and 6 p.m. and a very good deal. This spot is known for its tiramisu, but all of the desserts are noteworthy—most especially the espresso cannolis, chocolate cake with hazelnut ice cream, and (my personal fave) custard-
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