However, we've gotten word that the doors will be propped open at 5:30pm today and neighbors are welcome to drop in for a preview.
Restaurant manager Essam Kardosh said they've invited guests from their preview pop-ups, friends, family and industry folks to tonight's soft opening, but they're eager to hear early feedback from an unbiased crowd: immediate neighbors, whom they're hoping to see on a regular basis moving forward.
Del Popolo's new neighborhood — just outside the Tenderloin, Union Square and Nob Hill — is quite sleepy in comparison to places the Mission, he said. And while they're thrilled to be joining the likes of Sons & Daughters, Huxley and Liholiho Yacht Club, it doesn't need another destination restaurant.
That's where their selection of small plates come in ($8-$13 each). "Pizza is like "chicken soup for the soul," Kardosh said, but they don't expect neighbors to invest in one every night ($12-$19 each). Instead, they envision area residents dropping in often for a glass of wine or a beer and a couple of different small plates from their ever-rotating menu.
Of course, they're also hoping to catch some of the spill-over from Union Square as well.
All are invited to tonight's dry run ahead of Tuesday's grand opening. After that, regular hours will be 5:30pm-10pm Tuesdays through Thursdays, 5:30-11pm Saturdays and 5:30-10pm Sundays.
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