March 5, 2014
Destination-Worthy Incanto Closing, To Be Replaced by Neighborhood-Oriented Porcellino
If you want to visit Incanto, Chris Cosentino's Noe Valley restaurant at 1550 Church St, you had better go soon -- the 12-year-old dining spot famous for its whole beast approach is closing after dinner on March 24th. It will be reopen as Porcellino later this spring for lunch, dinner and with retail sales. (If you're wondering, Porcellino ("piglet") is the Florentine nickname for the bronze fountain of a boar by Pietro Tacca.)
The menu won't be as adventurous as Incanto's snout-to-tail fare but look for salumi plates, sandwiches, salads and pasta plates that cater to the neighborhood. The retail portion will sell wine, olive oils, pasta and other take-out friendly items.
Cosentino will remain a partner of Incanto and guide the menu, but will focus mainly on his upcoming venture in the old Zuppa place in SOMA. Fellow partner Mark Pastore will remain in Noe Valley.
Paolo Luchese has the full scoop here.
[Inside Scoop: Incanto to close this month and be replaced by Porcellino]