Tidbits: La Urbana Shifts Opening Date, Alta CA, Japanese Knives, Red Sauce Meatballs, Savory Menu at Le Marais


The quiche from Le Marais. Photo by Alanna Hale.


Red sauce meatballs from, yes, Red Sauce Meatballs. Photo from Facebook.

I know I was not the only one excited to taste the mezcal at ~LA URBANA~ on Divisadero, but construction delays have caused them to push back the opening date to Wednesday September 4th. Stand by!

Details continue to trickle in about Daniel Patterson’s 65-seat Market Street project that’s due to open in fall. The latest reveal: it will be called ~ALTA CA~, a reference to the newspaper where Mark Twain worked, Alta California, as well as the territory of Mexico, which included California and other states before the Mexican-American war (via Scoop).

Are you a total junkie for your knives and other kitchen tools? Get yourself to ~BERNAL CUTLERY~, where they’ve just received a shipment of Akifusa Masami Asai made-to-order knives from Japan (Stuart Brioza of State Bird Provisions is a fan). Because the master smith is getting older and working with a younger trainee, these knives took almost a year to arrive, and Bernal Cutlery is the only place in the world to carry these special blades outside of Japan. So look sharp and check them out. 593 Guerrero St. at 18th St., 415-902-6531.

According to Facebook, there’s a new food truck coming to town called ~RED SAUCE MEATBALLS~. As the name would suggest, they are all about meatballs and sauce, including a vegetarian version. Amazeballs! It also sounds like it’s all a trial for an upcoming restaurant concept. An opening party is set for Thursday August 22nd at The Homestead in the Mission, and then the truck will be at SOMA StrEAT Food Park that weekend and Mission Dispatch on August 28th; follow them on Twitter for updates. 2301 Folsom St. at 19th St., 415-309-0538.

You’ll have one less place to go for your Neapolitan pizza fix, because ~UNA PIZZA NAPOLETANA~ will be closed starting today, August 14th, until Wednesday September 11th. Yup, Italians (and Italian Americans) take their August vacation very seriously.

After a month of business, ~LE MARAIS BAKERY~ has started serving a menu of savory dishes from chef Christina Elliott (formerly a corporate sous at Michael Mina). The new menu includes sandwiches, a daily pizzetta on potato crust, and quiche; take a peek at all the offerings here. 2066 Chestnut St. at Steiner, 415-359-9801.

~ARIZMENDI BAKERY~ has decidedly not joined the not-cronut crowd and is instead offering “Julia’s Tears”, a crème fraîche- and custard-filled brioche that reportedly made Julia Child cry. The special pastry is in honor of the French Chef’s birthday, August 15th, and will be available on Sunday the 18th as well. Note it is only being offered at the Inner Sunset location. 1331 9th Ave. at Irving, 415-566-3117.