Del Popolo Set to Open Mid-November, Plus Launching Some Pop-Ups


Margherita pizza from Del Popolo. Photo: Eric Zepeda.

We’re happy to report Jon Darsky has made some progress with his brick-and-mortar ~DEL POPOLO~ location coming to 855 Bush Street; he plans to open mid-November, ideally before Thanksgiving.

Before that happens, he’s running a couple of pop-up preview dinners with Feastly on Wednesday October 28th and Thursday October 29th, in conjunction with his new chef Jeffrey Hayden, previously at Boot & Shoe Service in Oakland (and WD-50 in New York and Blackbird and Alinea in Chicago). Tickets are $39 (use my link for $10 off your first Feastly meal!), and there are seatings at 6pm and 8pm each night; it will be in Dogpatch (the location will be revealed when tickets are purchased).

The menu includes some of the new pizzas, like rapini, fontina, mozzarella, and dried black olives; and another with tomato sauce, Calabrian peppers, housemade sausage (the new operation will be doing their own butchery), and oregano. It will all be prepared in the Del Popolo truck. Some of the non-pizza items on the upcoming menu will also be served, like roasted broccoli di cicco with ricotta salata di bufala and gentlemen’s relish; winter squash roasted over coals with aromatic herbs and goat cheese; smoked bintje potatoes with tonnato, capers, pickled chile, and two kinds of celery; and braised Hoffman Farms chicken with pickled huckleberries, rye, cabbage, and burnt bread. Beer and wine are included!