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Cotogna's Musical Past, Willy Wonka's Ice Cream

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Turf Concert Hall/Cotogna. [Photo: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library/Alex Bevk]

THEN & NOW — The building that houses Cotogna (490 Pacific) has a storied history, including a period as an early 20th century live venue called Turf Concert Hall. Read on for colorful details, including a murder that took place there in 1909! [Curbed SF]

WILLY WONKA WIRE — Nestle, which purchased Oakland's Dreyer's Ice Cream, will start testing Wonka-themed ice cream in Northern California. No word on whether potential flavors might include lickable wallpaper, Veruca Salt, or Oompa Loompa. [San Francisco Business Times]

SECRET MENUS — Zen Yai (771 Ellis) has a Thai-only menu that's both super cheap and mentally challenging. Case in point: The $2.50 "boat noodles," served in a blood-based broth. [SFoodie]

PIZZA POSTERS — Una Pizza Napoletana (210 11th St.) has pasted up some arty posters around town, but they strangely don't show any actual pizza. Speculation abounds that this may be a sign that the art form has eclipsed the actual menu item. [Serious Eats]

Una Pizza Napoletana

210 11th Street, , CA 94103 (415) 861-3444 Visit Website

Cotogna

490 Pacific Avenue, , CA 94133 (415) 775-8508 Visit Website

Cotogna

490 Pacific, San Francisco, CA

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