THE END OF E’ANGELO
After a 35-year run, Italian restaurant E’Angelo signed off Wednesday, Jan. 15. Chef and owner Claudio Marchesan closed the establishment he purchased in 2003 from original owner Ezio Rastelli, who had opened it with a partner back in 1978. Located at 2234 Chestnut, E’Angelo Trattoria featured classic Italian cuisine in a family-friendly atmosphere.
With Marchesan’s lease up, he decided to pull up stakes and do something different, telling the Chronicle’s Paolo Lucchesi that he estimates he has “10 good years” left to do one more restaurant before retiring, and he will “put everything I’ve learned in my career into this swan song.” Stay tuned.
OVERHEARD AT DOSA
Customer: Is that hot?
Waiter: It is hot.
Customer: But is it hot hot? Hot?
Waiter: It is somewhat hot, yes.
Did you just brush past the future Mr. Marina while walking down Chestnut? Maybe you did, and you can find out in March when the Third Annual Mr. Marina Competition takes place, with 12 finalists participating in talent, swimwear, and “Marina-wear” Q. & A. competitions. The light-hearted competition benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Each contestant will be rated on how well he fundraises for the Society. They must also embody Marina District values (defined as “social, fun-loving, generous, manly”). It takes place March 19, at the Regency Center on Van Ness, but early-bird tickets are already on sale: http://mrmarina.eventbrite.com.
GREENS WITH ENVY
Annie Somerville, the executive chef at Fort Mason’s Greens Restaurant, is getting national exposure. The March 2014 issues of Prevention and Fitness magazines will highlight the chef. In Prevention, she’ll be talking about changes in her cooking, and Fitness will focus on her advice for healthful eating when dining out at restaurants. Greens is on a good-PR streak. Eater SF included the establishment in its list of “The 38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants,” and Somerville also appears in two new cookbooks, San Francisco Chefs at the Table (Globe Pequot, 2013) and The Vegetarian Flavor Bible (Little, Brown, 2014).
Mama’s of Washington Square Park is expanding, reportedly looking at Vallejo and Columbus for a second location of the popular restaurant. More next issue.
GET YOUR COFFEE ON AT PEET’S
You can grab some free coffee and food samples on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the brand new Peet’s Coffee & Tea on 2080 Chestnut St. The first 50 customers through the door will also receive a Peet’s limited edition CamelBak tumbler and $25 gift card, and KFOG’s Renee Richardson will broadcast live from the store with, we’re told, a “special, mystery guest.”