After Claudio Villani sold ALTOVINO on Nob Hill, new owners (and chef) Nick Kelly and his wife and wine director Calli Martinez Kelly just reopened the restaurant. The modern Italian menu will continue to feature seasonal and local ingredients, along with Kelly’s housemade and stuffed pasta dishes, plus some favorites from the previous menu will come over, like the rabbit ragù and bistecca alla fiorentina. They’ll be launching a tasting menu with wine pairings in a couple weeks—the wine list will be primarily Italian, with some boutique California producers.
During the day, they’re operating a retail store out of the space (from 12pm until dinner), featuring Kelly’s freshly made pastas, housemade pantry items, beautiful vegetables, and wine! Outdoor dining includes heat lamps and a charming SF street scene. Follow their Instagram for updates. Open for dinner Wed-Fri 5pm-9pm (shop open at noon), brunch Sat-Sun 11am-2pm, with aperitivo from 2pm-5pm, and dinner 5pm-9pm. Call for reservations: 415-529-2435. 1358 Mason St. at Pacific.
Fans of the tacos from Tacos El Patrón (known for their quesabirria tacos in the Mission) will want to check out their latest spot, LOS GUISADOS DEL PATRÓN, serving a daily changing lineup of guisados (stewed meats and vegetables, from picadillo de res to calabacitas con queso to pollo en salsa roja), available as a taco (featuring housemade corn tortillas), burrito, bowl, or tostada. Owners Alberto Pineda and Mariana Reza want to keep things affordable: tacos are around $3.25 each. Open daily for takeout 8pm-6pm. 601 S. Van Ness Ave. at 17th St. [Via Chronicle.]
Hoodline shares news of this recent opening: HALAL DASTARKHAN, San Francisco’s first Uzbek restaurant, from first-time restaurateur Ismoil Ochilov. It has opened in the former Yemeni Restaurant, and when you read his story, you’ll want to support this takeout-friendly restaurant, with somsas, soups, kebabs, a popular pilaf dish (look for the sofi osh/plov on the menu), and more. 1098 Sutter St. at Larkin.
The exterior of AltoVino. Photo courtesy of Sasha Bernstein.