Appetite: Bar Crudo's new digs, Bruno's good evening, sweetbreads, pastas, and more - Page 2
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Bar Crudo moves to bigger digs on Divisadero
Bar Crudo is a spot like no other. Long one of my favorite places for seafood, it's the place to be wowed with delicate, inventive crudo. The original spot, long situated downtown, recently closed, making way for a larger locale in the Western Addition. Fans like me are delighted to know there's five new crudos to try (and eight hot dishes, thanks to a bigger kitchen). Owners (and actual bros), Tim and Mike Selvera, converted a former pizza joint on Divis into a new Bar Crudo, debuting this week. With Tim's love of obscure, artisan beers, there's fine ales to pair with your oysters, like Deschutes Brewery's The Abyss, plus an impeccable wine list, even five cocktails created by non other than Jacqueline Patterson of Heaven's Dog. Though I'll kinda miss the charming, cramped layout of the original, thankfully, I don't have to miss sparkling-fresh seafood and crudos like Arctic char with creamy horseradish, wasabi tobiko and dill.
665 Divisadero, SF
flour+water opens in the Mission
This one's been long-awaited from a foursome with Gary Danko/La Folie and Postrio/Plouf pedigree. Yes, it's yet another Italian restaurant (across from Cafe Gratitude) with salumis, wood-burning oven for pizzas and a communal table, but with a quality-focused menu based around the "four pillars" of Italian cuisine: pizza, pasta, salumi, and, of course, vino. In the pizza realm, I like the sound of the Novo, with potato, farm egg, house pancetta, oregano, or the Cariciofi: artichokes, onion, pecorino and capers. Hand-rolled pastas intrigue, like Corzetti Stampati with braised Monterey squid and fava beans. Antipasti include sweetbread, Meyer lemon and spring onion fritto - works for me! There's a handful of entrees, salads, and desserts like olive oil cornmeal cake with honey-thyme ice cream. Don't forget a mostly Italian wine list of around 60 bottles priced between $30 and $60. I can't wait to see what Sean Quigley, owner of Paxton Gate, has done with the interior design.
2401 Harrison, SF
From East (NYC) to West (here), 54 Mint debuts in Mint Plaza
Umbrian native Alberto Avalle, founded and helmed New York's famed Il Buco and after 15 years in the Big Apple, desired the relaxed pace and weather of California. Thankfully for us, he's also bringing his passion for, and mastery of, Italian food to our city. Slated to open today, 54 Mint (neighbor to Blue Bottle Cafe and Chez Papa Resto), is a place for pure simplicity and high quality: hand-rolled pastas, truffles, Sicilian rice cakes with black squid, and wines all happily under $35 a bottle. Starting with dinner this week, by early June they plan to add lunch... for a Summer of la dolce vita.
54 Mint (between Jessie & Mission Streets)
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