- These custom-made swing arm sconces were inspired by lighting at Gusto Trattoria in Rome
- Bowls of seasonal produce will be a fixture on the 14-seat copper-topped bar
- Michael Tusk's vintage Berkel slicer
- elm tables and leather-covered benches
- porcelain by Richard Ginori
- These preserved vegetables enhance the decor and can also be ordered for tableside service
Saison and Michael Mina have made themselves more accessible, now it's Quince's turn. Owners Michael and Lindsay Tusk are putting the final touches on casual offshoot Cotogna ("quince" in Italian), set to open this coming Monday, November 8th for dinner service. We've told you about the key players: wine director David Lynch with his trail-blazing fixed price wine program, bar manager Jason “Buffalo” LoGrasso with his culinary cocktails and chef Ryan Childs with his Chez Panisse-honed skills. Now it's time to pass on a pre-opening menu, brimming with Tusk's famous seasonal handmade pastas available for just $16, delicious-sounding pizzas (cauliflower, hot pepper and sea urchin, anyone?) from the wood-fired oven, an abundance of meats from the only Universo rotisserie in the U.S. and more.
Though the menu is way more rustic, ties to the original Quince are quite strong. The Tusks poured sweat, endurance and money into building a physical connection between the two restaurant kitchens so they can share resources. And little Cotogna weighs in at roughly the same exact size -- 48 seats -- as Quince's original Pac Heights digs. Now do take a moment to peruse the gallery above, which has some fun facts and angles on the currently incomplete interior. Hours shall be 5:30pm – 10:00pm and lunch will start in December.
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