San Francisco all too often just seems like a pit-stop for talent on their way to New York or Los Angeles, and the Nate Appleman story is no exception. Shortly after the mercurial chef won his James Beard Award for Best Rising Chef for his work on A16 and SPQR, he was off to the Big Apple, where he was soon hired by Keith McNally. Now he's opened the doors on his new downtown Manhattan pizzeria, Pulino's Bar & Pizzeria, where he'll be serving wood-fired everything, including breakfast (but not burgers) and doing all the butchery in-house.
However, he's a bit wary of the local hype. "Restaurants that generally get attention like this end up being huge failures," Appleman warns. But pizza fiend Adam Kuban of Slice gave the pies a thumbs up, so maybe the former San Franciscan will make good after all. Here's hoping his success doesn't convince too many his old peers here by the Bay to follow him east.
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