I am from Los Angeles and a frequent poster on our Chowhound. I know that this type of question is posted frequently, I have looked at many of the previous posts, but each request is a little different, so please no "check prior posts you idiot" replies.
My wife and I are going to rendezvous with another couple in San Francisco, October 6-10. They are from New Orleans and we are come Los Angeles, so we all know a little bit about good food. We eat everything, but Italian is about as "ethnic" as they would like to to (i.e.., no Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, etc.). Any suggestions on good places to go would be greatly appreciated.