SFoodie's countdown of our favorite 50 things to eat and drink, 2012 edition
Trippa alla fiorentina is not a pretty dish. There are no elegant curls of hand-made pasta to photograph. A tuft of baby greens placed on top would only look like a boutonniere pinned to the chest of an orangutan. But ... More >>
Alanna HaleBorn 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 and meet his future wife. After stints in Tuscany, Chianti, an ... More >>
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 with his wife, Lorella, Max strives ... More >>
Eric Wolfinger/Open Kitchen blogChilean longaniza ― touched by the hand of Eric Wolfinger.Us, we pitch in at dinner parties if the host asks, slicing bread, tossing a salad, even fixing a sauce when it curdles. Eric Wolfinger? He spent six years cooking with strangers in their homes around ... More >>
Welcome BooksAlice is all over it, big time.Zagat Guides and Slow Food have organized 33 nationwide dinners -- collectively called A Slow Taste of Tuscany -- happening Wednesday to celebrate the publication of Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town (Welcome Books, $50) by Douglas Gayeton. The Petaluma a ... More >>
Kiino, working the Cane Rosso lunch line.We confess: We have no clue what the hell environmental geologists do. But if studying to be one means you walk away with an acute understanding of stuff like terroir, and how foods grow, then it was the perfect education for Lauren Kiino. The 37-year- ... More >>
Our favorite morsel from the blogs.
The only white meat: 7x7's Jessica Battilana takes porchetta head on, probing the trend that's made the sliced pork as common a sandwich filling as honey-roasted turkey. Exagerrating. Still, from the Ferry Building to Dogpatch, you can't swing a cat in thi ... More >>
True porchetta is an event, not a dish. It's one of Tuscany's grand theatrical gestures, a whole pig stuffed with aromatics, spit roasted for hours. Here -- on, like, a Wednesday for the lunch crowd -- it's on a necessarily smaller scale: roast pork, with aromatics like fennel, capers, and garlic. W ... More >>
Taste the boot.We like the family-style Italian fare at the Bronx-styled Joey & Eddie's (1652 Stockton at Filbert) in North Beach. No surprise, really, since we've loved other restaurants launched by co-owner and executive chef Joseph Manzare, especially Globe.
Anyway, we just learned that J ... More >>
Being a fan of Chris Cosentino's regular menu at Incanto, we were unable to resist the first dinner of his special summer-long Cucina Povera prix-fixe dinner series, a tribute to the poverty-inspired dishes of Italy's various regions, offered Sunday and Monday nights -- especially when we noted the ... More >>