The menu at San Francisco’s Quince restaurant manages to be at once true to Chef Michael Tusk’s unique culinary vision as well as to the classic techniques and ingredients of Italian cuisine. Whether its the exquisite Beet Risotto pictured above, a multi-tiered lasagna featuring Four Story Hill Farm sweetbreads layered between luxuriously creamy pasta and thinly shaved white truffles, or a dazzling dessert-tray featuring a panoply of pastry, all the culinary conceits and confections here are remarkable.

Service here ranks as among the best on the West Coast and the restaurant aintains a world-class wine program designed to complement dishes crafted from both the best local produce and a combination of inimitable local and imported farmhouse meats and cheeses.

One sure-fire sign of a truly great restaurant is its consistency. Quince has remained at the top of its game since the day it first opened back in 2003.

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