Il Cantuccio exterior; photo by Eva Frye for Eater.
The liquor license crystal ball has lots of tidbits about upcoming projects, finally revealing what is moving into the former Il Cantuccio space on 16th Street in the Mission. It’s going to be, you guessed it, a Neapolitan pizzeria called ~MOZZERIA~. Eater mentions there will be an “international fusion” component to the toppings in addition to the traditional pies, plus other dishes like small plates and pastas. According to the website, the husband-and-wife team of Russell and Melody Stein is hoping to open Mozzeria in late 2011. 3228 16th St. at Valencia.
There was some activity with the El Rincon license, and Grub Street unearths some key details: the project is going to be called ~DEAR MOM~, and is the brainchild of two Thieves Tavern bartenders, Oliver Piazza and Jay Beaman, working with Thieves owner Paul Bavaro. They’re partnering with Laurent Katgely of Chez Spencer, who is helping them with a “limited, French-inspired, gastropub menu with nightly specials” that spans from sliders to blanquette de veau. The menu pricing spans from $6 for a dog, to $18 for the veal (Grubs has a copy of the draft menu here). It’s meant to have an easy neighborhood vibe, and it sounds like they’re hoping to open this fall. 2700 16th St. at Harrison.
Over in the Castro, Fuzio is becoming ~FORK CAFÉ~, another project from Sam Sirhed (currently behind the Burger Urge project in the Upper Haight). 469 Castro St. at 18th St.
Over in Noe Valley, the Tamasei Sushi space will be replaced by ~AKAI SARU~. 3856 24th St. at Vicksburg.