It’s been a busy start to the year for the Noe Valley restaurant scene. From the arrival of San Francisco’s first Portuguese restaurant to the closing of a neighborhood favorite, here’s your guide to the latest changes at the neighborhood’s eateries.
Uma Casa Brings Portuguese Dining to SF
The city’s first Portuguese restaurant opened at the beginning of the year in Noe Valley. Uma Casa took over the former Incanto space (1550 Church St.) and its chef, Telmo Faria, is a graduate of local favorite Tacolicious.
The food is intentionally very traditional, as Faria wanted to introduce diners to the cuisine before branching out. Expect classic stews, seafood (including a raw bar), roasted meats and shareable dishes, as well as low-ABV cocktails from Nora Furst, who’s previously done drinks for Belga and Horsefeather.
The open space has light hardwood and blue and white accents, creating a cheerful vibe that Faria describes as “Lisbon meets San Francisco.”
Barons Meats Takes Over Drewes
One of the East Bay’s most popular butchers, Barons Quality Meats, is opening its second location in the former Drewes Meats space (1706 Church St.), which dates back to 1915. In addition to meat, it will also feature a variety of seafood, other grocery items like pasta, and fresh sandwiches.
Owner David Samiljan has said Barons is hoping to open the new store by March, but if that doesn’t pan out, it will be open by Easter. He's planning to open a booth at the Noe Valley Farmer's Market as well.
Fattoush Will Become Sasa's Pizza
Middle Eastern restaurant Fattoush (1361 Church St.) is officially selling its space, after being closed for more than a year due to smoke damage from a fire. Permit filings for a new pizza oven indicate that a business called Sasa’s Pizza will be taking over, though the opening date is still unclear.
La Nebbia Closes After Three Years
After three years in Noe Valley, La Nebbia (1781 Church St.) closed at the beginning of the month. The pizzeria was a companion restaurant to popular neighborhood spot La Ciccia, which will remain open. Owners Lorella Degan and Massimiliano Conti said they decided to close in order to have more personal time, and be able to dedicate more of their energy to La Ciccia.
According to Inside Scoop, La Nebbia already has new (but secretive) owners who are "well-known in the restaurant world," and are expected to open their own concept in the coming months. We'll keep you posted on what that might be.
Curious about an incoming or departing restaurant in your neighborhood? Text Hoodline at (415) 200-3233 and we'll look into it.
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