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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Recchiuti Opening a Cafe in Ex-Piccino Space

Posted By on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 2:32 PM

click to enlarge Part of the Piccino space on 22nd Street, slated to become a Recchiuti cafe. - SCOTT BEALE / LAUGHING SQUID
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  • Part of the Piccino space on 22nd Street, slated to become a Recchiuti cafe.

It's no secret that Dogpatch is becoming one of the coolest playgrounds for food in San Francisco. And ever since Piccino announced last year that it would move to bigger and badder digs around the corner from its current location, there has been a good amount of speculation about who would take its spot along 22nd Street.

click to enlarge Michael Recchiuti, conducting a demo in his Dogpatch facility in 2009. - TAMARA PALMER
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  • Michael Recchiuti, conducting a demo in his Dogpatch facility in 2009.

Yesterday, confection maker Michael Recchiuti confirmed that he and his wife, Jacky, will be opening a cafe in the Piccino space at 801 22nd St. (at Minnesota), later this year, they hope. The details are still being worked out, and the Recchiutis say that timing will depend on when Piccino makes its transition, which is expected for March.

While there isn't an official concept yet either (the research trips to France will surely be brutal), the Recchiutis say they plan to offer more than just chocolates. They'll likely have a beer and wine license, and are thinking of offering savory options such as charcuterie and cheese plates.

Most of us know Recchiuti from his shop in the Ferry Building, but the Recchiutis have had a kitchen and production facility in the Dogpatch since 1997. They say they're excited to retain the neighborhood's character in their new cafe.

The couple recalls the sewing shops that were the bulk of the businesses along Third Street back in the day, and how it wasn't uncommon to see live chickens being sold in wooden cages. But the recent restaurant boom has helped transform the neighborhood, which now boasts Serpentine, Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous, Sutton Cellars, and Kitchenette, and will soon be home to the new Magnolia brewery.

"We've been here for 15 years," Recchiuti says. "The neighborhood has been a big part of my life."

Ashwin Seshagiri writes about food, innovation, and other things on the interwebs. You can find him musing about the future of journalism on Twitter @winguero. Follow SFoodie on Twitter at @sfoodie, and like us on Facebook.

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