Ducca, one of the most gorgeous places to eat in San Francisco, is named for the emperor (duca) of Venice, and has has regal taste to match that: with a refined interior with Venetian-glass chandeliers, caramel leather banquettes, and textured walls. Frequented mostly by convivial out-of-towners, the restaurant serves traditional fare inspired by the Queen of the Adriatic. Diners should bring an appetite: The menu starts with chichetti (small appetizers such as arancini and fried olives) and antipasti; first courses include ricotta gnocchi an pappardelle al sugo, while mains bring roast chicken and veal chop Milanese. The real feast, however, is the buffet of eye-candy on the patio, hands down one of the city’s best. Settle into a big wicker armchair beneath the heaters and order from the outside bar.