Piazzetta

Upper Crust

A New Italian Stunner in North Beach

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This weekend has the potential to get a bit... crazy.

The green beer. The whiskey. The jigging. Good lord, the jigging.

Anyway, you’ll probably need a quiet space to regroup afterward. Somewhere with calming ocean views and the amazingly restorative power of... pizza.

Take a look at Piazzetta, a new hideaway of truffled pizza, bottles of bubbly and lobster sushi rolls, opening Sunday at the Acqualina.

This is like feasting in the sumptuous dining room of a modern-day Italian palazzo—all dark wood floors, gold marble tables and soothing cream-colored walls and banquettes, with nary a checked tablecloth or plastic grapevine around.

You’ll come here when you’re hosting a refined group occasion (e.g., your cousin’s acceptance into the Wuqiao Acrobatic School). Secure the 10-seat communal table and start with the fresh ricotta crostini. Then, follow it up with hearty fare like Tartufo con Funghi (a truffled taleggio pie) and braised short rib—dishes whipped up in collaboration with New York’s famed Il Mulino, so your group’s in good hands.

Or perhaps you’re here on more intimate business. The kind that requires the guileless charm of a Neapolitan Vespa racer, an outdoor patio and ocean views. Here, you’ll order some lobster sushi rolls from the sushi bar (yes, a sushi bar), wash them down with flutes of champagne and grab some gelato from the marketplace to go.

Everyone loves a sticky date.

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