Taking the place of Theorita, just downstairs from Che Fico, will be CHE FICO ALIMENTARI, from chef David Nayfeld, pastry chef Angela Pinkerton, and partner Matt Brewer. You’ll be able to pick up housemade salumi (including their ridic ‘nduja), breads like ciabatta and focaccia, plus pastries and gelato from Pinkerton. There will be a sit-down menu of antipasti, pasta dishes (from dried pasta, not housemade, like upstairs), and some larger plates (all available to go as well). I’m also getting my wish: it’s going to be an Italian wine bar, with pours in a variety of sizes, selected by wine director Francesca Maniace. There will be 60 seats, with 24 reserved for walk-ins. Look for a late April opening. 834 Divisadero St. at McAllister. [Via Eater.]
Moving into the former (and recently closed, sniff sniff) Yuzuki space in the Mission will be AL’S DELI, a casual restaurant/sandwich shop from Aaron London of nearby AL’s Place. The Chronicle reports he’s going to integrate some influences from New York and Montreal delis, plus Israeli street food, all with his own creative and innovative spin, of course. Think stuffed latkes, salads, sandwiches, sides, and large-format platters. Look for a summer opening (and more details soon). In the meantime, did you know the patio is now open at AL’s? Now you do. 598 Guerrero St. at 18th St.
Eater also reports BARZOTTO is expanding to North Beach in the former Caffe DeLucchi, bringing its fast-casual format and $10/$40 wine model, possibly by the fall. 500 Columbus Ave. at Green.
Housemade ‘nduja at Che Fico. Photo: © tablehopper.com.