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Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday Six: Seagull likes Indian food too much, General Mills releases first cereal since 2001

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 12:57 PM

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Plus Sacramento gets food trucks, and Spoonbar teaches mai tai classes in time for the warm weather.

The North Beach Festival is this weekend
Dust off those hand-talking skills, because everyone’s favorite Italian-American San Francisco neighborhood is hosting its annual open house on Saturday and Sunday. The Barbarossa Lounge (714 Montgomery) will even be hosting a 6 pm afterparty for anyone who likes cocktails, food, and live music.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

The Crown Point, Matt Molina’s “Best of the Best” Pizza at Capo’s

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 10:30 AM

The Crown Point, half-slathered in prosciutto - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • The Crown Point, half-slathered in prosciutto
Matt Molina has a bit of a gangster fixation.

For starters, he works at Capo’s in North Beach — “Capo” being both Mafia and cartel lingo for a made guy who heads a crew — and he won the American Pan division of the 2014 International Pizza Expo with The Dillinger, a pie named for the Depression-era bank robber.

This year at the Pizza Expo, Molina won Best of the Best for a pizza he calls The Crown Point, after the Indiana jail from which John Dillinger escaped only a few months before his death.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Get Your Chub On (Or at Least Your Chicken) at Chubby Noodle

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 8:30 PM

After moving out of its former digs on Green Street, Chubby Noodle has resumed business on a quiet strip of Grant Avenue north of Columbus. It’s a small, brightly colored lunch-and-dinner spot with only a few tables and soundsystem that just might play some deafening music that’s less-than-respectful of women and their anatomy.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Massawa Ethiopian Arrives In North Beach's Little Italy

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Vegetarian Sampler at Massawa - TREVOR FELCH
  • Trevor Felch
  • Vegetarian Sampler at Massawa

We briefly interrupt the turkey and pumpkin pie 24 hour coverage to discuss okra. And injera. And a newly reopened, relocated Ethiopian restaurant in one of the more unlikely neighborhoods of San Francisco you would expect to find one.

Formerly in the Upper Haight, Massawa is now slightly off the main drag in North Beach, where most establishments are old-school Italian joints, restaurants catering to the post-bar munchies, and the bars that cause said munchies. Massawa is right next door to Golden Boy, arguably our city’s premier address for Sicilian focaccia square pizza by the slice. Combine the injera at Massawa and the slices at Golden Boy, and my goodness is that a dynamic carbs duo, or what.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Treat Yourself to Some Incredible Panna Cotta at Acquolina

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 1:38 PM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane

There is a new Italian restaurant in the least surprising of neighborhoods. With its wood, tile and communal table, Acquolina, just off of Columbus Ave. in North Beach, looks more like an industrial-lite café on Divis than the tricolore-festooned pasta houses all around it. And it already has a reputation for panna cotta.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dive Bar Deathwatch: Mr. Bing's

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2015 at 11:09 AM

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We’re still smarting over the Lexington Club, and the impending demise of the Elbo Room, not to mention the unlucky fate of Lucky 13, and now it looks like Mr. Bing’s might go the way of the woolly mammoth and the Steller's sea cow.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Celebrate Comstock Saloon's Fifth Hootenanny Tomorrow

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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Everybody loves a hootenanny. Especially compared to most fifth birthday parties, which tend to involve a lot of tantrums, clowns, and bumper bowl. Comstock Saloon, the magnificent abode of trusty barkeeps and North Beach residents with a sobriety allergy, turns five on Wednesday and wants to celebrate with a special menu as well as the return of some former staffers.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Celebrated Italian Chef Massimo Bottura is Coming to Tosca Cafe on Thursday

Posted By on Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Chef Massimo Bottura of Italy's Osteria Francescana.
  • Chef Massimo Bottura of Italy's Osteria Francescana.
Every year, S. Pellegrino releases a list of what they believe are the world’s 50 best restaurants. While some chefs, under the condition of anonymity, will tell you it is a popularity contest driven by restaurant PR teams, the list as a whole can still serve as a good guide, especially when used in conjunction with other restaurant ranking systems, like the Zagat and Michelin guides.

Which is why when the chef and owner of the restaurant that has won the number three spot on the Pelligrino list the last two years comes to the city, it’s an event you want to attend.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Most Old-School Place in North Beach Is Its Newest: The Italian Homemade Company

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 8:52 AM

STUFFED BELL PEPPER AND A CASSONE MADE WITH SAUSAGE, CHEESE AND POTATO.
  • Stuffed bell pepper and a cassone made with sausage, cheese and potato.
In spite of the resurgence for traditional cooking methods, genuine homemade Italian food sounds almost out of place in contemporary San Francisco. It’s not so surprising to hear of a person brewing beer, pickling daikon and finding a dozen uses for whey, but a husband-and-wife team that makes their own sausages and pastas without a ton of conspicuously modern equipment? That sounds somehow improbable.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bon Appetit Dubs Tosca Cafe One of America's Best Restaurants

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 3:49 PM

America's fourth best restaurant. - FLICKR/ARROGANT


Grabbing the number four spot on Bon Appetit's top 10 new restaurants in the country of the year, North Beach dive bar turned Italian hot spot, Tosca Cafe proves to not only be well liked by Beyonce and Jay Z, but by the magazine's Andrew Knowlton too.

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