San Francisco restaurant scene.
At Inside Scoop, Paolo L. reports that Papito (317 Connecticut, 695-0147, www.papitosf.com) should finally open on Friday for dinner. And although Papito comes from Chez Papa owner Jocelyn Bulow, who's brought one of his Papa cooks to run it, Papito is not — let us repeat, not — a Nopa/Nopalito copycat. The pitch: a 17-seater serving organic, possibly Oaxaca-focused Mexican food from chef Rodolfo Castellanos Reyes.
Chowhound duchess Melanie W. spots Viva Goa (2420 Lombard, 440-2600, vivagoaindiancuisine.com) in the Marina. The pitch: menu with Indian standards and quite a few dishes unique to Goa, the Southern Indian coastal state.
Another Paolo L. inside scoop: Plum, the Daniel Patterson (Coi)-meets-Jeremy Fox (ex-Ubuntu) mashup, is not due to open in downtown Oakland until this fall. But starting next week, Fox and co. are launching a Monday-night series of weekly preview dinners at Il Cane Rosso. The pitch: four courses for $45 and NO RESERVATIONS, which SFoodie predicts will result in clusterfuck. If you have any strings you can pull to get a table, better start yanking 'em hard.