New restaurants often describe themselves as a ‘neighborhood spot’. It is not really something you can call yourself, though. It is something you become. Sociale, like social clubs in Italy, has evolved into a gathering place. Simply by being a setting for the marking of time, a place to celebrate the high points and the lull of ordinary days. Part of Sociale is being in the sweet toniness of the Presidio Heights neighborhood and then dipping out of it. Sociale starts on Sacramento Street, where you are greeted by a sign that beckons you down a path, tumbling with a florist’s greenery. At the end of the alley is the shaded, intimate outdoor dining nook.