A16

Italian. A16 is a modernist San Francisco restaurant and wine bar with a paradoxically rustic edge. This San Francisco restaurant serves up dishes typical of the Campania region in Italy. Specializing in wood-fired pizza and Neapolitan delights, A16 complements its old world courses with new world elements. Preparing only the freshest, locally grown ingredients, A16’s Italian cuisine gets a California spin.

Chestnut Street's A16, named for Campania's main road, Autostrada 16, opened in February 2004, much to the delight of local fans of high-end food in a casual atmosphere. Sleek, unassuming and comfortable, the space that once housed Zinzino and Savoia has been renovated to house Chef Christophe Hille's gorgeous, easy-going regional Italian fare. After working under Laurent Manrique at Campton Place and in France, Hille became a certified pizzaiolo in Naples, and on our visit, he hand-tossed and wood-oven baked every single 12" Neapolitan treat in the restaurant.

- Excerpt from A16: Chic, Authentic Neapolitan Cuisine by Tracie Broom

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