Seven Hills Rise(s) Up, Beast and the Hare Springs to Life

​The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the

San Francisco restaurant scene.

Urban Daddy is the first to report that Seven Hills (1550 Hyde, 775-1550, opens on Friday. Young chef-owner Alexander Alioto (yeah, you've heard of his relatives) has interned in haute cuisine restaurants in Italy and at some hole-in-the-wall in Napa owned by a guy named Keller. The pitch: Locally Italian ― sweetbreads with foraged Euvitis mushrooms, fettuccine carbonara made with Fra' Mani pancetta, prawn spiedini with frisee-asparagus salad.
Urban Daddy, Thrillist, and Tablehopper all trumpeted today's opening of Beast and the Hare (1001 Guerrero, 821-1001) in the former La Provence space. Chef Ian Marks has two big names on his resume: Hog Island Oyster Co. and Fatted Calf. Ergo: Lots of charcuterie made in-house, sturdy small plates, larger entrees like lamb T-bones with sweetbreads, perhaps an oyster or two. (Is the return of sweetbreads to hipster-chef menus a sign the economy is bouncing back? One can only hope). 

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