Photo from Osteria Coppa.
Now that a chef is confirmed, here’s some news for you San Mateo dwellers (my home town): partners Paul and Julie Shenkman, owners of Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay, and Lewis Rossman, executive chef/partner at Sam’s Chowder House, are opening ~OSTERIA COPPA~ in downtown San Mateo. The kitchen will be led by executive chef Chanan Kamen, who has been at Quince for five years, and has worked in Italy for a year at seven different Michelin-starred restaurants in seven different regions of Italy. He will also be making salumi, along with housemade pasta (his specialty), and pizza—all the ingredients will have a strong farm-to-table focus. The 4,200-square-foot restaurant (formerly the Pomaroma Cafe) seats 145, which includes a 40-seat outdoor patio, and a full bar. Look for a late-August opening—follow their renovation and launch progress on Facebook. 139 South B St. at 2nd Ave., San Mateo.