The table is set for a new chapter. Photo via Incanto’s website.
According to a piece in Scoop and an announcement on their website, Mark Pastore and Chris Cosentino of ~INCANTO~ are closing their 12-year-old Noe Valley restaurant on Monday March 24th. They plan to reopen later this spring, possibly as early as April, as ~PORCELLINO~, which will have a new, more casual bent. They’ll serve lunch and dinner, but with a simpler menu that focuses more on pasta, charcuterie, salads, and sandwiches. In their website announcement, Pastore and Cosentino say they want it to feel like a “casual neighborhood osteria and market.” Not only will there be a shift to more takeout choices, but there will also be a retail section, with meats from Boccalone, pork ragù, pasta, and other items to cook at home, along with a retail wine selection.
The change comes after 12 years, for several reasons. They cite the shifting neighborhood as one reason to create a more family-friendly environment, as well as the simple need to mix things up. Cosentino is also working on a new project in the former Zuppa space in SoMa, and though he’ll stay on at Porcellino, this shift will allow him to step back and no longer be involved in day-to-day operations. For now, you can enjoy Incanto in its current incarnation for a couple more weeks; then get ready for changes.