September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016
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PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE CHANGED THE VENUE TO 54 MINT! SEE YOU ON THE PATIO!

Hasn’t it been amazing to see how the restaurant industry has rallied to help donate funds to Italy after the horrific earthquake near Amatrice? So many lives lost, so many buildings destroyed. As San Franciscans in our own shaky city, our hearts go out to them.

While every dollar for eating pasta all’amatriciana around town counts, we want to do something that can have an even greater impact: an all-day event to raise funds for earthquake relief!

On Sunday September 25th, we hope you can join us at ~54 MINT~ for SF AMATRICE: a full day of antipasti from top SF Italian restaurants (including 54 Mint Il Forno, Acquerello, Delfina, Octavia, Palio d’Asti, Piccino, Rose Pistola, and Zero Zero) and partners like A.G. Ferrari, Bi-Rite Market, Cheese Plus, Emporio Rulli, Humphry Slocombe ice cream, espresso from Caffè Umbria, and bread from Josey Baker Bread! There will also be pinsas from ~MONTESACRO~!

We’ll be serving Italian cocktails, including Aperol Spritzes, Americanos, and Negronis courtesy of Campari America and Rye on the Road, and vino (grazie, Fiorella, Folio Fine Wine Partners, Full Circle Wine Solutions, Uva Enoteca, and Scuola di Vino)! And, of course, pasta all’amatriciana (with pasta from Rustichella d’Abruzzo and Manicaretti, products from Lettieri & Co., and tomatoes from Casa de Case—and a leg of prosciutto too)!

The event runs all day from 12pm-8pm, and we are selling tickets in two-hour time blocks (12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm, 4pm-6pm, 6pm-8pm). There will be different restaurants serving at each time slot, so you don’t have to worry about food running out!

Tickets are $75 per person. Even if you can’t attend, please consider a donation! Or just spread the word! (Here’s the event on Facebook.)

Everyone is donating their time, products, and labor for this event in order for us to be able to donate 100 percent of the ticket price to earthquake relief! All proceeds will be donated to the Comune di Amatrice, and divided among the projects in need in Amatrice. Grazie, tutti!

We look forward to seeing you. Please help spread the word. Post/share on Facebook, tweet/RT, like and repost on Instagram, email your friends. Any help with donations (Italian food, products, wine, beer, compostable plates and silverwarve and cups, extra hands to help serve and clean, promotion) is so very appreciated! Contact Marcia of tablehopper! Baci! See you there! And please, spread the word!

Guests must be 21 and over. Invitation is nontransferable.

#SFAMATRICE

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Bring on the juicy potatoes (at Souvla)! Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Fans of ~SOUVLA~’s awesome fine-casual Greek gyros and salads with spit-roasted meats, evil Greek fries and potatoes (so good), and soft-serve Greek yogurt will be able to indulge at a third location coming to the Mission in early 2017. Founder/CEO Charles Bililies will be opening the Souvla Valencia spot in the former Grub space, on the same block as Craftsman & Wolves, Dandelion Chocolate, and Tacolicious (between 18th and 19th streets). There will be a 100 percent Greek beverage list, including Souvla’s new private label Greek wines in partnership with iconic Greek producers Domaine Skouras and Alexakis Winery. It will be open daily 11am-10pm every day. 758 Valencia St. at 19th St.

SF pizza truck ~CASEY’S PIZZA~ may have found his first brick-and-mortar location, after looking for some time. According to ABC activity, the new spot would be at 1170 4th Street, at Long Bridge Street. Stand by for updates.

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The new garden patio at Fiorella. Photo courtesy of Fiorella.

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Fiorella’s saltimbocca with sage and prosciutto. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

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Over in the Outer Richmond, ~FIORELLA~ has all kinds of new things to announce, starting with their talented chef, Dante Cecchini, who came over from Marlowe, where he was chef de cuisine.

His new menus are in place, and based on the really delicious brunch I just had this past weekend, you’ll want to visit soon. Don’t miss the banana bread with whipped coconut cream (total stoner food), and his version of saltimbocca with sage and prosciutto seared to a pounded pork loin with a fried egg on top is an awesome spin for fans of country sausage and eggs. You can also get one of their wood-fired pizzas, like the green egg and ham pie with broccoli di ciccio, house-cured pancetta, egg, and fior di latte and ricotta. None of the pizzas are more than $18 at brunch or dinner, which is a very neighborhood-friendly kind of price, all things considered. Save room for the honeyed buttermilk panna cotta. You can see the entire brunch menu here. The dinner menu is here, which now includes wood-roasted chicken, wood-fired octopus, pasta alla chitarra, and Ligurian fish stew.

The other fun component to all this is they just opened their cheerful new 25-seat garden patio, complete with sunny yellow chairs (fog be damned), heat lamps, cedar walls, succulents, and a retractable canvas canopy to shield you as much as possible from Karl the Fog. Plus” projections. One last bonus: Friday and Saturday hours have been expanded to 11pm. 2339 Clement St. at 24th Ave., 415-340-3049.

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you already know that Oakland-based ~DOUGHNUT DOLLY~ is doing a pop-up in advance of opening her kiosk (her first SF location) in The Market at the end of this month. You can come by her pop-up this Thursday September 15th from 8am until she sells out—you can try her signature naughty cream and jam doughnuts. 1355 Market St. at 10th Street. 

We all love deals, right? And we definitely can guess Broke-Ass Stuart loves some deals, so it makes sense why he’d create the San Francisco Appetizer Passport, offering 22 free appetizers at SF restaurants (but you gotta buy something like an appetizer or drink of equal or greater value to get the deal, yo). Restaurants like Blue Plate, ICHI Sushi, Fénix, WesBurger, and the aforementioned Fiorella are all in there. The booklet is normally $30, but with code eatme10off, it’s only $20. Have fun adventuring. It all expires December 31, 2016, so you need to hop to it.

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The lamburguesa at lunch at Bellota. Photo via Facebook.

Have you had a hard time scoring a reservation at the popular (and very delicious) ~BELLOTA~? Well, lucky you: the Spanish SoMa hot spot is now serving lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm. Chef Ryan McIlwraith’s menu includes a range of salads, montaditos (open-faced sandwiches), bocadillos (warm sandwiches, which includes a lamburguesa), and tapas. For those of you having a leisurely lunch, there are three paellas and some heartier dishes too. Snacks and drinks are currently available in-between lunch and tapear (4pm-5:30pm), with dinner starting at 5:30pm. 888 Brannan St. at 8th St., 415-430-6580. [Via Eater]

The ~CADILLAC BAR AND GRILL~, which came back from the Cadillac graveyard/Ranch a little over a year ago, is now serving Sunday brunch. You can come in for chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and eggs Benedict, plus that SF favorite, Joe’s Special. Oh yeah, and that other SF fave: bottomless mimosas for $13 with the purchase of an entrée. Sundays 9:30am-3pm. 44 9th St. at Market, 415-554-0181.