North Beach

March 7, 2014
Isn’t it nice when things turn out right, nay, better than you hoped? The takeover and saving of Tosca Cafe by Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield (known best for New York’s The Spotted Pig) has turned into a rather happy...
Are you a cheese slut? You a bona fide fan of tomato sauce? Does pizza turn your fricking crank? Then I certainly hope you have gotten your culo to Capo’s by now. Anyone who loves pizza in SF (and beyond)...
It’s a pleasure to see how much vibrancy has returned to Washington Square Park, with Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, the recently reopened Original Joe’s, and Park Tavern all breathing new life into an area of town that was limping along for...
The cocktails at Comstock Saloon are so good, you could be tempted to drink your dinner. Quite. But that would be a bleary-eyed drunk’s mistake, because trust me, you don’t want to miss out on the goldmine (heh, couldn’t resist,...
We all have obsessions. Some, for Italian vehicles. Others, for stamps, or horses, or burritos, sad clown artwork, big breasts, chocolate chip cookies, Hummel figurines, pickles, ice cream. Or, in the case of Pete Mrabe, the chef-owner of Don Pisto’s...
At last, something fun returns to the La Felce space on Washington Square Park. This joint has not one but four pizza ovens. The 900-degree wood-fired oven cranks out a world champion pizza margherita (pictured here); and when I say...
I started a tradition with my friends a year or so ago called 'family dinner'—we get a group of 20 or so pals together and go hit some unusual restaurants around town (some highlights: an intriguing Shanghaiese dinner at Jai...

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UPDATE: Chef-owner Daniel Patterson just keeps fine tuning things at his natural-modern jewel box on Broadway. The last meal I had at the restaurant was almost perfect, each dish its own little study in culinary witchery. The combination of oyster...