Alameda goes Italian: Il Fornaio's Giuseppe Naccarelli and his wife, Christine, will be opening a place of their own this fall -- Trabocco, a modern Italian restaurant featuring organic, locally sourced ingredients -- in the Alameda South Shore Center. Trabocchi are the traditional fishing huts seen along the Abruzzo coast in Italy. The restaurant's decor, designed by Lev Weisbach, includes fishing net-inspired light sculptures, as well as an exhibition kitchen, a 90-seat dining room and heated al fresco dining area and a bar area with small plates during happy hour. Naccarelli's market-driven menu will include modern twists on classic Italian dishes, including thin-crust pizzas and rustic fare from the wood-burning oven, fresh pasta and spit-roasted meats. It's all inspired by the "culinary education," the exec chef says, that "began on my family's farm in Italy's fertile Abruzzo region."
Also on deck: Cooking classes and a series of special wine dinners to showcase regional Italian cuisine. And if the latter reminds you of a certain high-end Italian restaurant group, there's an excellent reason why: Naccarelli has spent the last 20 years at Il Fornaio, rising from sous chef to VP of kitchen operations for all 21 restaurants. Look for a fall opening. We'll keep you posted.
Mmm, pastrami: We mentioned a while back that Wise Sons Deli was reinventing the cafe at San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum. It's official! The new deli opened last week with a menu of signature sandwiches -- pastrami, corned beef and brisket, Reubened or on rye -- and what they're billing as "the second best matzo ball soup -- your bubbie's is first." Open from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, closed Wednesdays and open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every other day, although you can pop in for coffee and take-away service starting at 8 a.m. Peek at the menu here: http://wisesonsdeli.com/contemporary-jewish-museum-menu.
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