Posts for May 29, 2012

Say Hello to the City’s First Lasagneria, in Dogpatch

Last week saw the opening of Marcella's Lasagneria & Cucina (Tennessee & 22nd). The place has actually been a prep kitchen for a wholesale, prepared-food business under the same owner, Marcella Di Sciullo, for over twenty years, selling to Whole Foods and the like. Now, she's got a full-service, daytime café, which is something she originally opened in the space two decades ago, before transitioning to the wholesale business. You can glimpse the menu here, courtesy of Dogpatch Howler, which features soups, pizzas, panini, and, obviously, lasagna. [Dogpatch Howler]

Marcella's Lasagneria & Cucina - 1099 Tennessee Street at 22nd - 415-920-2225 - Open Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chambers Launches Poolside Brunch

Very possibly Photoshopped.

This past holiday weekend marked the launch of a new weekend brunch at Chambers Eat + Drink, over at the Phoenix Hotel (Larkin and Eddy). Tablehopper reports that chef Trevor Ogden is doing a number of delicious sounding things, including Eggs Royale with two sous-vide eggs, cold-smoked salmon, Mandarin hollandaise, caviar, and chive; and spiced French toast made with challah bread, macerated cherries, vanilla whipped cream, and bourbon syrup. Brunch is served both Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and sitting poolside (though it would have been freezing this past weekend) is an option. [Tablehopper]

Region, a New Downtown Asian Spot, Opens Today


We showed you the pretty pictures last week, but just to update you, Region (139 Steuart Street) is in fact opening today. The chef is Steven Lam, formerly of Fortune Wok, and the owners come from Unicorn over near Pine and Market. Expect upscale pan-Asian dishes, including their version of Peking Duck, called Beijing Duck, carved tableside. Also, there's a bar program from Victoria D'Amato Moran, featuring twists on classics and new concoctions like the Dragon Tattoo (vodka, Strega, lime and five-spice powder). They're now open daily for lunch and dinner, but dinner only on Sundays. [Earlier]

News From Up North: French Blue Debuts in St. Helena; Campo Fina Coming to Healdsburg in Mid-June

The building itself is white, you see.Photo: Courtesy of French Blue

Today marks the debut of French Blue, the new restaurant from local wine guru Leslie Rudd (Press), architect Howard Backen, and managing partner Stanley Morris (Teatro ZinZanni) in downtown St. Helena. The concept is "contemporary-country neighborhood restaurant" with wood-burning ovens and grills in the open kitchen and a locally sourced menu from chef Philip Wang. (Scope out the full menu right here.) The restaurant joins the recently opened Goose & Gander (in the former Martini House) and the revamped Oakville Grocery among brand new food options in this section of Napa. But if you're on the other side of the hills in Sonoma, we've got some news over there too.

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Gordo Goes Down: Ramsay Injured During Celebrity Soccer Match

Who would ever want to hurt this guy?

During a celebrity soccer match in Manchester yesterday, Gordon Ramsay was taken out of the game on a stretcher after being tackled in the second half and injuring his back. The game, a fundraiser for UNICEF, was probably just intended to be a good spot of fun, with such non-serious soccer lovers as Woody Harrelson and Mike Myers playing in the match at Manchester United's stadium. (Will Ferrell also sustained an injury on the pitch.) Despite this, The New York Post reports that Ramsay, once a player for Glasgow's Rangers, was "flattened" by Britain's former fĂștbol striker, Teddy Sheringham, who later said he "never set out to hurt the rammer," but didn't exactly offer his condolences either.

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Thomas Keller Headed to Miami?

The Keller empire grows anew.Photo: Andrew Barris

Fresh out of the rumor mill today is the half-news that Thomas Keller has been scouting spaces on Brickell Avenue in Miami. The Miami Herald reports that Keller "could be" arriving among a host of new openings on the street, and Eater Miami gets only the vaguest confirmation from Keller's people, who say that "nothing has been finalized." Our guess is this would be an outpost of Bouchon Bistro, but then again, maybe it'll be even more upscale. File under: Developing. [Miami Herald via Eater Miami]

Now Open in SoMa: Rumors

We mentioned a couple weeks back the impending opening of the new, on-ramp-adjacent Rumors, the bar-restaurant in the former Line-Up space at 7th and Harrison. Well, it is open. There's a full dinner menu here, and they're open daily 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. serving lunch and dinner. And if anyone gets rowdy, the county jail is handily just a half block away. [Grub Street]

Radioactive Bluefin Arrive in California


Just as you'd probably feared, radiation leaked from Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi reactors has finally registered in California's seafood. The AP reports on a discovery of Pacific bluefin tuna with levels of radioactive cesium ten times what is typical in the species. Samples of the fish, which migrate to the seas of Baja and California after spawning in Japan, were discovered to have two types of radioactive cesium, traceable to Japan's catastrophe as samples of bluefin that preceded the accident were found to not be similarly affected.

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T.G.I. Friday’s Denies Lifting Song From LCD Soundsystem

James Murphy.

Last week, we told you about the minor controversy surrounding a new T.G.I. Friday's ad: Its background music sounds similar to LCD Soundsystem's "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House." We reached out to Friday's, and Trey Hall, the company's chief marketing officer, got back to us: "Friday’s has always and continues to respect the rights of all artists. The music in question is original content that was created for the Friday’s brand; and therefore we do not believe it infringes on any artist copyright." [Earlier]

But Romney Doesn’t Even Drink

"What happens is, the Republicans run up the tab, and then we're sitting there and they've left the restaurant ... And then they point and [say], 'Why did you order all those steaks and martinis?'" —Barack Obama, criticizing the GOP's spending habits, at a campaign stop in Iowa. [AP via US News & World Report, Related]

First Look at Dixie (and Its Menu), Opening Today in the Presidio

At long last, Joseph Humphrey's southern-inspired Dixie opens in the Presidio this very afternoon. The restaurant replaces Pres a Vi at 1 Letterman Drive, right near where Chestnut abuts the edge of the Presidio at Lyon Street, and it's a handsome, modern space which just got a remodel from designer Michael Brennan. Humphrey has kept the menu under wraps until today, but we've got it for you now, and it includes things like roast rabbit with bacon, black cod with bourbon and red miso, and twists on southern comfort foods like "dirty rice-style" risotto; chicken-fried quail with a roasted-garlic waffle; and halibut with sassafras and sea urchin remoulade.

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Modernist Cuisine at Home Coming in October

'Modernist' goes mass.Photo: courtesy of Modernist Cuisine

Modernist Cuisine is, by all accounts, a critical and commercial success (or, at least, as commercially successful as a 50-pound, $600 cookbook about incredibly complex cooking methods can be — Fifty Shades of Grey it ain't). And now the team behind the book reveals what their follow-up will be: an at-home companion called, thoughtfully, Modernist Cuisine at Home.

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There May Finally Be a Farina Pizzeria By Mid-Summer [Updated]

Today we note a liquor license app finally going in for Farina's pizzeria offshoot at Valencia and 18th, which finally, officially has a name. They were batting around Antica Pizzeria Napoletana a couple of years back (this project has been in the works since early 2010), but thankfully someone talked co-owner J.H. Kostelni out of that one, due to the inevitable confusion with Una Pizza Napoletana in SoMa. Update: Eater gets the word that it will be called Farina Pizza & Cucina Italiana, and they're aiming for a late-June opening, however we're going to wager that with all the other delays, that could get pushed too.

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Super-Rich 28-Year-Old Eats Fast Food

Where did Facebook founder and official billionaire Mark Zuckerberg eat while on his honeymoon in Rome? McDonald's, apparently. Maybe he just knew he wouldn't get a chance to try Italy's NYCrispy once he got back to the States. [NYP]

Mission Chinese Food to Close for Two Weeks

Mission Chinese is taking their annual summer vacation starting tomorrow, May 30 to June 14, during which time the owners of Lung Shan take their annual trip to China. The break just happens to coincide with chef Danny Bowien's absence, as he has been busily working to impress a new city of foodinistas with the opening of the New York branch of Mission Chinese on the Lower East Side, which just happened last week. So, get some kung pao pastrami tonight, or wait for it until mid-June. [MissionMission, Earlier]

Media Takeovers: Anthony Bourdain Launching New CNN Show Next Year

News man.Photo: Sean Mathis/WireImage

For all the fires that Anthony Bourdain has irons in at the moment — his Travel Channel shows (which Eater confirms will soon end), a killer publishing deal with Ecco — we didn't expect this: According to CNN, Bourdain will launch a weekend news show on the network in 2013.

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Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Lucca Food Store See the menu

    “Billy's Philly”

    Billy is only there after 5 pm but if you are around go there and ask for his billy philly, the best philly you'll find this side of the Mississippi.

  • Le P'tit Laurent See the menu

    “Elegant Sauces & Fabulous Bread”

    It is the place me and my love go for every intimate moment.

  • Hidive See the menu

    “Are you kidding?”

    You have to be totally drunk to think that this is even acceptable as a public watering hole.


Jay Barmann
NY Mag