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Michael Chiarello Wire

"When I opened Tra Vigne back in the day, I was taking a risk on a largely undiscovered cuisine...While you'll find multiple Italian restaurants on almost every block [today], it is a challenge to find Spanish restaurants in the U.S. outside of New York City (though San Francisco has a few)...In many ways, Florence was to Americans in the 80s what Barcelona is to us now: a gourmand's paradise."—Michael Chiarello, on why he's opening a Spanish restaurant in San Francisco. [ISSF]