There are plenty of outstanding Italian restaurants in San Francisco, yet Americano, with an contemporary American spin, is particularly superb. Americano has a beautifully subdued modern interior, rich with dark woods, earthy textures, and plenty of green, including chairs in a vibrant shade of avocado. A poised and well-groomed crowd mostly on the younger side of 40 fills up the arty space with pretty sights and sounds just about every night. The cocktail lounge is worth a visit even if you don’t stay to eat-the food is excellent-for the ambiance, company, and bay view. Americano is located across from the Ferry Building Marketplace and draws heavily on its purveyors of fresh, organic produce and exceptional meats, dairy, and more. To repeat, the cuisine is California-influenced Italian (think inventive pizzas) and changes seasonally. With a sprawling dining room, sexy cocktail lounge, and enormous heated patio overlooking the Bay Bridge and Ferry Plaza, this is FiDi’s most bustling corner for the see-and-be-scenestars. A veritable meat market of 20- and 30-something single hotties. Happy hour on the starlit patio is like a mating call for SF’s pretty preppies. If you make a love connection at the bar, you can always get a room … Americano is located inside the minimalist-chic Hotel Vitale. Don’t miss the rooftop spa tubs.