George Morrone, the acclaimed Aqua, Cliff House, and Fifth Floor chef who mentored Michael Mina, has been somewhat off the radar since leaving the Cliff House in 2009. He's done some consulting, offered a few pop-ups at Hog & Rocks, run the dining room at Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon, and most recently, did some occasional guest-chef gigs at Locanda Positano in San Carlos. Now, as Inside Scoop reports, he's planning to return to the kitchen full-time, transforming the adjacent spin-off restaurant, Limone, into a fine-dining restaurant.
The restaurant, which Morrone will continue to run with Locanda Positano proprietor Enzo Rosano, is likely to be called Gusto (Italian for "taste,") and will feature a new menu of shared plates, including Morrone's famed tuna tartare. It should open sometime next month.
· George Morrone signs on to new Peninsula restaurant [~ ESF ~]
· Morrone Joins the Corinthian Yacht Club [~ ESF ~]
· George Morrone Plans Monday Dinners at Hog & Rocks [~ ESF ~]