Say goodbye to Plin, because as of today, the modern Italian spot in the Mission is officially closed. Despite making it on to the Eater SF Heatmap several times, the one-year-old restaurant from Alexander Alioto (Seven Hills) is closing its doors to rebrand as neighborhood-friendly Nostra Spaghetteria and Bar Mia, Inside Scoop reports.
"I think we were missing the mark a little bit for the neighborhood and for locals. Plin was more of a destination than a local spot, and that's what prompted us," Alioto told us. "We want to cater to our neighborhood and the people there and offer that look and that concept of food to our neighbors."
That concept of food is what Alioto calls "fun" and will include crowd-pleasers like make-your-own pasta (a four process that includes choosing your pasta, sauce, vegetables and protein) for $12- $18 and a brunch cheeseburger topped with a raviolo, fried onion rings and truffle oil.
Alioto still plans to keep the focus heavy on fresh, handmade pasta, just like at Plin — "It is a spaghetteria," he said — and there will be a few Plin holdover favorites like the raviolo and spaghetti with Grandpa George's sausage.
As for Bar Mia, which will be connected to Nostra (though separated by a low wall), bar manager Adam Madigras has created an amaro-focused menu with cocktails and fernet flights. There will be a separate tapas-style menu at the bar, with finger foods like fried olives, flatbreads and meatballs, but diners will be able to order off the dinner menu, too. There will also be early and late happy hour specials from 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.- midnight.
Alioto plans to open Wednesday, August 26, and in the meantime he's sprucing up the place with some new paint and a mural by local graffiti artist Chris Luck. Once Nostra opens its doors, hours will be Tuesday- Thursday from 5 p.m.- 10 p.m. and Friday- Sunday 5 p.m.- 11 p.m., with a bottomless mimosa and bloody mary brunch to come.