Hot Chocolate at Tratto (photo: Puccini Group)

 

Chico Pie at Pizzera Delfina

Eat This Town: San Francisco

By Trevor Felch

Ice skate then enjoy Tratto’s free boozy hot chocolate and Italian doughnuts
One of Union Square’s top dining destinations, Tratto at The Marker hotel is spreading some real holiday cheer through mid-January as part of a fun doubleheader in the city’s primary shopping and holiday festivities area. After you’ve enjoyed ice skating at the iconic Union Square Holiday Ice Rink, head here and show your ticket—you’ll get a free Ghirardelli hot chocolate cocktail complete with a bonus Italian doughnut on the side. The boozy, warming treat includes house-made orangecello liqueur and amaro Montenegro. Of course, there’s also a kid-friendly booze-free Ghirardelli hot chocolate option, too. Promotion runs through January 21.
Neighborhood: Union Square MAP

Campton Place

The Campton Place Restaurant launches a limited run lunch
With ice skaters and shoppers galore in the Union Square area, the Campton Place Restaurant is joining the holiday festivities by opening for lunch on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through January. This means a rare opportunity to try chef Srijith Gopinathan’s terrific contemporary Californian-Indian cooking at a non–triple figures prices—two courses at lunch are $48 and three courses are $58. Starters include hamachi crudo with masala “chaas,” jalapeño, melon-radish and citrus, and cured foie gras with a saffron bun, candied hazelnuts, and spiced apple chutney. The entrées includes guinea hen “samosa” with fuyu persimmons and tomato butter, and tamarind glazed black cod with cauliflower “variations,” raisins and garam masala. Finish with a green apple mawa cake and fennel-apple sorbet before heading off to the ice skating rink.
Neighborhood: Union Square MAP

The city’s only Indian street food–wine bar adds a tasting menu
After trying Indian Paradox’s new $30 tasting menu with optional wine pairings ($30 for four 2.5 oz pours that can be shared), you’ll never again be the skeptic who claims that the flavors in Indian street food only pair with Riesling. Kavitha Raghavan, the owner of this cheery, tiny Indian street food-wine bar, has a particular gift for pairing the exact right wine with the likes of crunchy bhel puri and lamb shish kebab in a skillet of cilantro ginger sauce and pickled onions. Who knew that a slick, earthy Ciu Ciu Sangiovese from the Marche in Italy is the perfect companion for the one bite tangy-crispy wallop of dahi sev puri (semolina puffs filled with jiggery and mint chutney, topped with yogurt). The tasting menu is a flexible program designed to make Indian food and wine pairings extremely accessible, so feel free to split the food menu or order extra dishes or wine. There are other great deals, too, like all wines by the glass for $10.99 on Tuesdays, and special wine flights on Wednesdays.
Neighborhood: NoPa MAP

Lucia’s Berkeley launches a vintage pizza truck
One of the Bay Area’s leading Neopolitan pizzerias is hitting the road—literally, with a decked-out custom outfitted 1981 APE Piaggio pizza truck imported from Naples. It’s the second pizza project for Lucia’s Berkeley owners Alessandro Uccelli and Steve Dumain, two of the most fervent pizza lovers you’ll ever meet. The truck’s brick pizza oven is similar to the one at the main restaurant, heating up to roughly 900 degrees F and quickly blistering 10-inch thin-crust pies that start around $11. For now, it’s parked on Saturdays at the Oakland Grand Lake Farmers’ Market, offering a breakfast pie in the morning, and moving to favorites like the “Lips of Fire,” with spicy sopressatta and Vermont-made ghost pepper maple syrup. Future plans call for market pies to be created by Uccelli and Dumain on the spot after checking out what the farmers have that morning.
Neighborhood: Oakland MAP

'Nduja at Manresa Bread (photo: Alyssa Twelker)

Manresa Bread debuts its first all-day café in Campbell
This superb bakery sibling of the renowned high-end Los Gatos tasting menu restaurant, Manresa, recently unveiled its third location, and it’s the first that’s open into the evening and serves a food menu all day. Partner and head baker Avery Ruzicka's sandwiches play a key role, with “on bread” options like avocado or banana nut butter and honey, and “between bread” choices like grilled cheese, cured ham and cultured butter, and chicken schnitzel with sauerkraut and caper mayonnaise. The composed dishes menu by Todd Parker (also from Manresa) keeps going, with sourdough spaetzle cacio e pepe, chorizo and egg breakfast tacos, and confit chicken with gigante beans, salads, and bone broth with marrow matzo balls. Beer, wine, and a produce-driven cocktail menu are also served, plus the expected Verve coffee drinks and Song tea, and happy hour runs daily from 4 to 8 p.m. Weekend brunch is coming soon, too, making this the perfect stop en route to a Saturday or Sunday of wine tasting and nature in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Neighborhood: South Bay MAP

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