Recent Openers April 16-22, 2014
Cantina Verde: FiDi workers have a new lunch option with this healthy, fast-casual Mexican spot. Fill up on burritos, tacos, bowls, or salads with carne asada, chicken, pork, roast veggies, or tofu. In the morning, find egg-white breakfast burritos. 398 Market St.
Castagna: The popular Marina French restaurant has reopened a year after it was destroyed in an electrical fire. The menu's focus is Nice, the hometown of the sibling co-owners, so expect dishes that combine Provençal, Côte d'Azur and Italian Riviera cuisines. 2015 Chestnut, 440-4290, castagnasf.com.
Chocolatier Blue: Valencia gets another fancy chocolate place with this truffle emporium, which features unique flavors like French Toast (with maple syrup and cinnamon) and Between the Sheets (lemon, brandy, rum, and triple sec). 904 Valencia, 648-1010, chocolatierblue.com.
Il Casaro: Neapolitan-style pizza spot now open in the former Steps of Rome, offering wood-fired pizzas, house-made mozzarella, and fried bar snacks until late. The acting pizzaiolo comes from Tony's. 348 Columbus. 677-9455, ilcasarosf.com.
San Francisco Fried Chicken Company: Pretty much exactly what it sounds like, this fried chicken emporium serves drumsticks, thighs, breasts, wings, and more until 2 a.m., and will likely give Golden Boy a run for its late-night money. 362 Columbus, 989-5443.
The Sea Star: There are 12 beer taps at this new Dogpatch dive bar from the folks behind Southern Pacific Brewing. Though "new" and "dive bar" aren't usually concepts that go together, the team wants to keep the space's century-long streak as a dive bar going. 2289 Third St., 552-5330.
Smitten Ice Cream: Hayes Valley's popular ice cream company – known for its gimmicky-yet-delicious method of freezing its product on the spot with liquid nitrogen – has opened its third location in Rockridge. 5800 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 594-7630, smittenicecream.com.