The “Offal good” chef Chris Cosentino and his business partner Mark Pastore have announced that they will close Incanto, their innovative Noe Valley restaurant of 12 years, after the final dinner service on March 24. In its place, Cosentino will open a new, more casual neighborhood restaurant called Porcellino. The new restaurant will focus heavily on Boccalone, the team’s line of “tasty salted pig parts,” featuring 20 different varieties of salumi.
“It really is just a feeling that the city is changing, our lives are changing.” Pastore told SFGate's Inside Scoop. “It's time for our business to reflect the change. Incanto has had a great run, but what I'm most excited about for Porcellino is returning to our roots and being a real hub in the neighborhood.”
With an opening planned for later this spring, the more casual restaurant will be an all-day affair. According to Inside Scoop, the restaurant’s evening service will feature an osteria-style menu of pasta dishes and simple entrées in addition to salumi and sandwiches. Porcellino will also have a retail area that offers takeaway items like the restaurant’s salumi, ragù, olive oil, and wine.
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