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Dining, SFoodie Tortellino, Inside The Hall, Is Pasta Like Nonna Made

Tortellino, Inside The Hall, Is Pasta Like Nonna Made

Most of the enterprises that go into The Hall — the wonderful and sadly temporary gathering place of food-stands on Market between Sixth and Seventh streets — are local in nature. They come from local folks who are tired…
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Dining, SFoodie ThirstyBear Celebrates Brews, Ewes and BBQs with Nose-to-Tail Lamb

ThirstyBear Celebrates Brews, Ewes and BBQs with Nose-to-Tail Lamb

Precious, little lambs. They are so cuddly and adorable. And delicious! But as one of the world's most heavily consumed meats, lamb is surprisingly underrepresented on American dinner plates. Seeking to change that, the American Lamb Board (yes, that's…
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Dining, SFoodie A.G. Ferrari's Castro Location Closing Tomorrow

A.G. Ferrari's Castro Location Closing Tomorrow

Well, this is sad. Hoodline is reporting that A.G. Ferrari, the 96-year-old specialty grocer and sandwich shop with six locations in San Francisco and the East Bay, is closing its Castro Street location. It’s been there since 1998 and…
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Dining, SFoodie Turns Out a Giant Meatball Topped With Burrata Is 100 Percent Delicious

Turns Out a Giant Meatball Topped With Burrata Is 100 Percent Delicious

What's better than a giant meatball? A giant meatball topped with burrata, of course. For the uninitiated, burrata is a fresh Italian cheese made with mozzarella and cream. Once you punch through an outer membrane of mozzarella, this sweet, creamy,…
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Dining, SFoodie Number 9: Liguria Bakery's Pizza Focaccia

Number 9: Liguria Bakery's Pizza Focaccia

Everyone in San Francisco, it seems, has his or her favorite kind of focaccia from Liguria Bakery. Some will defend to their death the honor of the…
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Dining, SFoodie Number 16: Baia Pasta's Durum Pastas

Number 16: Baia Pasta's Durum Pastas

Fresh artisan pasta has been a staple of farmers markets and natural-foods stores since the 1980s, so you'd think the arrival of one more would be cause…
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Dining, SFoodie La Ciccia Chef Massimiliano Conti's Recipe for Spicy Octopus Stew

La Ciccia Chef Massimiliano Conti's Recipe for Spicy Octopus Stew

Part 3 of an interview with Massimiliano Conti, chef of La Ciccia. Part one of the interview is here. Read part two here. All too often, octopus becomes rubbery when cooked and thus intimidates those trying to prepare the cephalopod…
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Dining, SFoodie Q&A With La Ciccia's Massimiliano Conti, Part 2: On Sardininan Food, and Working With Your Wife

Q&A With La Ciccia's Massimiliano Conti, Part 2: On Sardininan Food, and Working With Your Wife

Born and raised in the southern part of Sardinia, Massimiliano Conti -- chef-owner of La Ciccia in Noe Valley -- was 14 when started he culinary school and 18 when he joined the Princess Cruise Line to travel the world…
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Dining, SFoodie From Cruise Ship to La Ciccia: Q&A with Chef Massimilian Conti

From Cruise Ship to La Ciccia: Q&A with Chef Massimilian Conti

Calling Massimiliano Conti a spirited, rambling, wine enthusiast and cook is somewhat of an understatement. Max, as he's called for short, is an tireless ambassador for all things Sardinian. As chef-owner of Noe Valley's La Ciccia, which he runs…
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Dining, SFoodie SPQR chef Matthew Accarrino's Farro Pasta with Salumi, Buttermilk Sauce, and Poppy Seeds

SPQR chef Matthew Accarrino's Farro Pasta with Salumi, Buttermilk Sauce, and Poppy Seeds

Part 3 of SFoodie's interview with Matthew Accarrino, chef of SPQR. Part 1 and part 2 were published earlier this week. When asking Matthew Accarrino what his current favorite menu item might be, he responded by describing the pasta below…
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Dining, SFoodie Q&A with SPQR's Matthew Accarrino, Part 2: The Forthcoming Cookbook

Q&A with SPQR's Matthew Accarrino, Part 2: The Forthcoming Cookbook

Yesterday, SFoodie began reproducing some of the highlights of our interview with Matthew Accarrino, chef of SPQR. In part 1 of the interview, Accarrino talked about realizing San Francisco's produce was as good as its reputation and getting better acquainted…
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Dining, SFoodie Q&A with SPQR's Matthew Accarrino, Part 1: Is California All That?

Q&A with SPQR's Matthew Accarrino, Part 1: Is California All That?

It's been two years since Matthew Accarrino moved to San Francisco and took over the kitchen at Fillmore's SQPR, boosting an already popular eatery into one of the city's defining Italian restaurants. It seems that Accarrino - both as a…
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Music, All Shook Down Steve Albini on Mario Batali, Ham, Slider-Lust, Olive Oil, and Why Cooking Isn't at All Like Engineering a Record (Except Maybe It Is)

Steve Albini on Mario Batali, Ham, Slider-Lust, Olive Oil, and Why Cooking Isn't at All Like Engineering a Record (Except Maybe It Is)

Legendary audio engineer (don't call him a producer) and Shellac frontman Steve Albini eschews name-brand technology in the studio, despises digital. He's analog; this is common knowledge, championing the visceral over the virtual. As a stalwart traditionalist, he's as uncompromising…
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Dining, SFoodie No. 30: Barbacco's Chicken Thighs with Almonds and Olives

No. 30: Barbacco's Chicken Thighs with Almonds and Olives

Chicken thighs have gained a lot more respect of late ― they're the kind of thing that Mario Batali tells his audiences to…
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Dining, SFoodie No. 36: Seven Hills' Raviolo Uovo

No. 36: Seven Hills' Raviolo Uovo

During his internship at San Domenico restaurant in Northern Italy, Alexander Alioto fell in love with a raviolo dish he learned to make. so…
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Dining, SFoodie Mama's Empanadas: New Food Truck Has Roots In Chile, Italy

Mama's Empanadas: New Food Truck Has Roots In Chile, Italy

Three things San Francisco loves: 1) empanadas; 2) Mediterranean food; and 3) food trucks. They converged two weeks ago, when Mama's Empanadas made its premiere run on the Peninsula. The food truck has mingled Chilean and Italian roots, says co-owner…
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Dining, SFoodie <em>Top Chef: All-Stars</em>, Week 8: Somebody Gets Whacked

Top Chef: All-Stars, Week 8: Somebody Gets Whacked

Bravo is the best TV network ― every show manages some kind of family reunion. Whether that means Uncle Bravo Andy hosting a reunion show for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, or Isaac Mizrahi, host of The Fashion Show,…
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Dining, SFoodie No. 78: Meatball Sandwich at Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe

No. 78: Meatball Sandwich at Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe

North Beach's reputation as a Bohemian neighborhood has been on the wane since the 1970s ― SFoodie imagines the neighborhood crankily shaking…
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Dining, SFoodie Quattro Stagioni: Quality Pizzas and Pastas in the FiDi

Quattro Stagioni: Quality Pizzas and Pastas in the FiDi

FiDi office workers were glad this week to see the debut of cozy restaurant Quattro Stagioni ("four seasons" in Italian), after the area's numerous closures of last year. The lure: made-to-order pizzas and pastas ($12-$14) with high quality ingredients, a…
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Dining, SFoodie Amarena Brings Back the Free Spread &#x2015; But Only on Thursday

Amarena Brings Back the Free Spread ― But Only on Thursday

The place: Amarena, 2162 Larkin (at Green), 447-0441, amarenarestaurant.com The hours: Thu. 6-9:30 p.m. The deals: Weekly free buffet of Italian specialties The digs: Tiny hideaway on a quiet corner of Russian Hill feels like a homey Tuscan hangout with…
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