[Photos: Patricia Chang]
Ala Romana, Lorenzo Logoreci's casual Allegro Romano spin-off, has arrived in Nob Hill, where it's now softly open. Located in the former Rue Saint Jacques space on Jackson, the restaurant has gotten an Italian enoteca makeover, with chef David Taylor, formerly of A16, manning the kitchen.
Taylor's menu is approachable and Roman-influenced, with dishes like wood-fired artichokes, nettle and ricotta gnocchi, and lamb tortellini in porcini brodo, and also offers creative entrees like braised rabbit with a cardoon and cipollini onion agrodolce and a saba-glazed Duroc pork chop with mascarpone polenta and hazelnuts. The menu also includes four types of Roman-style pizza and contorni like spiced ceci beans. (See the full menu here.) The extensive wine list is designed to complement the Italian fare, with a focus on Southern Italian growing regions like Sicily and Campania. (Here's the wine list).
Ala Romana plans to be fully open by week's end, with brunch and lunch service coming later this year. Hours are Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10 pm, and Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11:00pm.
· David Taylor Signs On at Ala Romana [~ ESF ~]
· Allegro Romano Expanding to Rue Saint Jacques Space [~ ESF ~]