The former Slanted Door space in SoMa will no longer sit vacant as new Italian restaurant Caputo plans to move in early October. Executive chef and partner Sam Ramadan and managing partner Shah Bahreyni, who own Boca Tavern and Boca Pizzeria in Marin County together, planned a rustic Italian concept with standards you'd expect (grilled octopus, the ever-trendy burrata, housemade pastas). And not surprisingly coming from Bahreyni, who is certified by the Verace Pizza Napolitana of Italy and earned his pizza 2 1/2 stars from Mr. Michael Bauer, there will also be wood-fired oven Neapolitan pizzas. Helping in the kitchen is chef de cuisine Carrie Anne Lopez (Michael Mina) and managing the front of the house is general manager Cheri Perlite (Lark Creek Steak, Cupola Pizzeria).
Caputo was designed by Bay Area-favorite Michael Brennan to play into that rustic feel, and there's also a 40-seat patio out back to take advantage of the full liquor license with cocktails from John Oyarzon (also a Boca vet), California-focused wines picked by Paul Einbund (who is a busy man these days) and microbrews. Caputo expects to open early October, and you can see the menu below.