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Secret Recipe: Delfina's Grilled Calamari

When you order calamari as an appetizer at a restaurant, it too often comes breaded, fried, and served with marinara sauce. Delfina takes a different route, flash-grilling the calamari until tender, then serving it over a bed of buttery white bean salad. The picada sauce adds an herby garlicky kick, making this one dish you'll want to make over and over again.

Slice of Pride: Pizzeria Delfina for Dykes on Bikes

As part of Pride, Pizzeria Delfina is the sponsor of this year's Dyke March. Not only are they providing the necessary Porta-Potties along the way (when a woman's got to go, she's got to go), but they're also selling this limited edition  Pizzeria Delfina pride t-shirt. $25 gets you the t-shirt and also provides a donation to the cause. How good will these beauties look on a dyke on a bike? For a Harley chopper look, I'd cut off the sleeves, make it into a half shirt, and maybe fringe the bottom of it with beads. But that's just me.

No Fear: A Taste of the New Locanda

 I was lucky enough to be invited to Locanda's friends and family dinner last Saturday night. It's always exciting and nerve-racking to watch a restaurant get ready to launch (for those of you who can't wait, Locanda opens this Saturday)—especially in this day and age where "soft openings" really aren't possible. Between the Yelpers gunning for “first-to-review” status and the bloggers trying to one-up each other, you’ve got about T-minus no minutes from opening to a barrage of online critiques. There's no landing pad, only hard ground.

From Mini Latkes to Kosher Gin, Do It Up For Passover in San Francisco

In San Francisco, there are ways to celebrate Passover with nary a moment of matzo dry-mouth nor a whiff of stinky gefilte fish. As delis like new pop-up Wise Sons create carefully homemade renditions of traditional fare, everyone from Marina bakery SusieCakes to FiDi Italian restaurant Perbacco is getting in on the holiday action. Here's our list of San Francisco Passover options that'll have gentiles across the land thinking about a conversion—or at the very least, a reservation.

Cut and Dried: SF's Top Chefs Talk Top Pasta

With all the Italian restaurants continuing to open in San Francisco, I've been talking shop with some of the city's best chefs. Particularly, about dried pasta.

Should you think dried pasta is inferior product, think again. Dried pasta is used very specifically for preparations such as carbonara. No self-respecting Roman would be caught dead with a bowlful of carbonara made with anything else. It's a dish that calls for spaghetti with a backbone!

To SF, From Rome: Locanda-to-Be Chef Anthony Strong Reports Back

Chef Anthony Strong, one of 7x7's 2010 "Top 20 Under 40", returned recently from a two month trip to Rome where he got paid to learn the ropes (mostly at Osteria di San Cesario), a chef's dream come true. Lucky for us, though, he'll be applying his newfound knowledge to Delfina's next restaurant, Locanda, when it opens on Valencia Street in the spring of next year. Delfina just sent out its newsletter where Strong details the highlights of his trip. If you know Strong, it's so very him. Funny, quirky, offally.

Bay Area 'Power Couples': Craig & Annie Stoll

It's hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We're inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our new "Bay Area Power Couples" blog series. Check back on Fridays for Q&A's with the couples who run some of our favorite local businesses.

Last week we sat down with Matt & Lena Reynoso of the Compound Gallery and this week we chat with Craig and Annie Stoll of Delfina and Pizzeria Delfina.

Delfina's Fourth Restaurant: Craig Stoll Finally Speaks

Ever since it became public that Delfina’s Craig and Anne Stoll are set to open their fourth Italian restaurant in what is now the 80-seat restaurant Ramblas on Valencia Street by 16th, the rumor mill has been cranking. It is true that they will once again share a wall with Tartine, but as for the other details, Stoll took some time with me today in order to confirm and deny.

So everyone’s saying your going to open a Mexican restaurant because you tweeted about going to Mexico for some research. True or false?

Ed Levine Takes Two Pizzerias and Breaks Down Their Soul

Last week, I blogged in defense of Pizzeria Delfina versus Gialina, an opinion I still stand by.

Michael Bauer might have beat him to it, but finally Ed Levine posted his personal opinion about Gialina and Delfina's pizza on the Slice blog.

Piggy Dinner Menus and Dates

To celebrate our Eat & Drink awards (a.k.a the Piggies, thusly named because winners receive their own bronze pig statuette) we convinced seven of our winning restaurants to host pork-centric dinners on Monday nights throughout the month of February.

Participating restaurants: Ozumo, Delfina, La Folie, Slanted Door, Laïola, Nopa and Kokkari—check out some of the amazing pork concoctions below. Smoked bacon cocktails and more! Behold below, the dates and menus—call restaurants directly to reserve your table!

Monday, February 9 - Nopa, Delfina
Monday, February 16 - Kokkari
Monday, February 23 - La Folie, Slanted Door, Laïola, Ozumo


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