What makes an Italian restaurant family friendly? A Chowhound about to visit San Francisco with a 17-month-old raised that question recently, and asked for recommendations from locals. The best-case scenario: a place where parents can get good food and annoyed patrons won't give the stink-eye if the kid gets a little fussy.
Several parents report that Flour + Water's staff is accommodating, but note that reservations are a must unless you plan to camp out early enough to make the first seating at 5:30. North Beach gem Ideale is approachable and family friendly, steve h. says, and it can be a pleasant (long) stroll from Fisherman's Wharf. While some warn that A16 can be noisy and have a Real Housewives date-night vibe, you can always request the enclosed, heated back patio—always nice in San Francisco's changeable weather.
Flour + Water [Mission District]
2401 Harrison Street, San Francisco
Ideale [North Beach]
1315 Grant Avenue, San Francisco
2355 Chestnut Street, San Francisco