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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

In short, some of the Bay Area's most authentic pasta dishes can be found at Belotti Bottega, a new-ish counter-service location for chef Michele Belotti, owner of Belotti Ristorante on College Avenue in Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood. The Piedmont Avenue bottega ("little shop") offers fresh, house-made pasta for dine in or takeout, as well as the chef's famed sauces also available to go. While pasta made with imported Italian flour is formed, rolled and cut in view of diners at the handful of counter seats, guests can enjoy dishes such as silken pappardelle with beef reduction and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms or airy gnocchi in a sultry Bolognese. Try any of Belotti's stuffed pastas. Delivery is an option. Lunch & Dinner daily. Belotti Bottega, 4001-B Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611, 510-350-7619.
 
Opening in spring 2018, Piri Pica will bring casual Portuguese cooking to the space currently occupied by Frjtz on Valencia in the Mission (Frjtz is moving just around the corner). Chef Telmo Faria, a native of the Azores, has enjoyed much success with his first, more upscale venture Uma Casa, located in Noe Valley; this new restaurant is a venture with London expat Khalid Mushasha of Lolinda. With Piri Pica, Faria and Mushasha hope to bring piri piri chicken – flame-grilled chicken marinated in a blend of punchy flavors, including the piri piri chili pepper for which the dish is named – to the San Francisco mainstream, along with other fast-casual Portuguese dishes that include shrimp, pork and vegetables. Once open, the restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily. Piri Pica, 590 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110, no phone.
 
Chef Donato Scotti (Donato Enoteca, Donato & Co., Cru Wine Bar & Merchant) has announced he will take a chance on a roomy Embarcadero location known for its high turnover. The picturesque spot at 100 Brannan, near the AT&T Park, has housed many properties over the decades with the notable inclusion of Charles Phan's Slanted Door before its move to the San Francisco Ferry Building. The spot's most recent tenant, Caputo, lasted six months. Scotti's proposed venture, an Italian project called Cento Osteria, opening TBD, just might hit the right notes for that burgeoning neighborhood. Stay tuned. Cento Osteria, 100 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94107, no phone.
 
Cambodian chef Nite Yun combines nostalgia and spice at Nyum Bai Cambodian chef Nite Yun combines nostalgia and spice in her first brick-and-mortar restaurant, Nyum Bai ("let's eat"), located in Oakland's Fruitvale District in the former Half Orange. Yun’s addictive Cambodian soups and meat, vegetable and noodle dishes have been popular at Bay Area pop-ups for years, and recently won fans at a temporary stand at Emeryville's Public Market. Yun's new spot showcases two of the young chef's deeply personal loves: fresh, home-style Cambodian cooking and vintage, 1960s Cambodian pop and rock-n-roll from her parents' generation. Nyum Bai, 3340 E. 12th St., Ste. 11, Oakland, CA 94601, 510-500-3338.
 

News Bytes

Buena Vista's Irish Coffee Not Just For St. Patrick's Day
San Francisco's classic The Buena Vista Cafe, open since 1916 and famous for its boozy Irish coffee recipe developed in 1952, is a natural (though crowded) stop for any St. Patrick's Day reveler. Its special recipe goes down smooth, despite – or maybe because of – a heavy dose of Irish whiskey within the drink's rich, dark depths; above, a light froth of cream floats like fog on the coffee's surface. The cafe might be best visited on an off day. Open daily from breakfast until 2 a.m., the corner institution with a spectacular view of the Bay is located right near the Hyde Street Cable Car turnaround, making it an easy stop on any San Francisco visit, and an iconic favorite with locals. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. The Buena Vista Cafe, 2765 Hyde St., San Francisco, CA 94109, 415-474-5044.
 
Agave Uptown Celebrates One Year
Known for its colorful, upscale plates of authentic Oaxacan flavors and boasting an irresistible array of mezcal-focused cocktails, Agave Uptown celebrated its one year anniversary recently with the opening of a pretty, 32-seat al fresco patio. The sidewalk seating area is well-suited to the Bay Area's early spring weather and people-watching of Oakland's Uptown neighborhood, as well as executive chef Octavio Diaz's Mexican dishes. Look for the chef's mole, blended from a secret family recipe, available for sale at the restaurant. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Agave Uptown, 2135 Franklin St., Oakland, CA 94612, 510-288-3668.
 

Chef Shuffle

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Closings

Twenty-year-old family-friendly restaurant Park Chow, one of Tony Gulisano's Chow mini-chain properties and long a city favorite for comfortable indoor and outdoor brunches, lunches and dinners near Golden Gate Park, closed in January. Gulisano shuttered the Inner Sunset location as his newest venture, Chow Oakland, is to open at 3770 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. His additional three Chow restaurants in Danville, Lafayette and on Church Street in San Francisco remain open and busy. Park Chow, 1240 Ninth Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122, no phone.
 
Chef Donato Scotti (Donato Enoteca, Cru Wine Bar & Merchant) has closed his four-year-old Oakland outpost Desco. But the chef is not idle: Scotti recently opened a new Berkeley flagship, Donato & Co., alongside chef Gianluca Guglielmi, and has future designs on a space on San Francisco's Embarcadero. Desco, 499 9th St., Oakland, CA 94607, no phone.
 

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