First time on west coast and desperately need info on SF area dinner spots for 6 nights in mid-October. I've been trolling through Zagat and my mind is getting numb. I think ChezPanisse is an obvious choice for splurging on one of those nights (am I wrong?). What I’m looking for: 1) Price range under $40-$50 each before drinks and tip, 2) Northern Italian at least one night, 3) On the quiet side so dinner conversation can be heard (read: no screaming kids) , and 4) Any cuisine associated to the Bay Area not readily available in the NYC Metro area. Not all 4 in one place, of course, although that would be great.
THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY GUIDANCE