Sad news for Pesce in the Castro, which is closing Monday, September 13, as SFist first reported. It's been two years since Pesce moved to its glamorous new location on Market Street from Polk Street in Russian Hill, where it had lived for 10 years before moving.
Executive chef and owner Ruggero Gadaldi said in an email statement that "the change in neighborhood affected the concept." In the move, Pesce doubled in size to 100 seats, a change that caused Michael Bauer to drop the restaurant from his 2014 top 100 list after he didn't dig the new digs, saying in his review that the bigger spot "lacks the personality and quirky charm of the original."
Gadaldi also said that while he was "sad to close what has been a labor of love," he's looking forward to his next step, which will be overseeing the upcoming downtown location of Delarosa. Pesce was part of the Adriano Paganini restaurant empire, which includes popular SF restos Belga, Super Duper Burger, Uno Dos Tacos and more, plus an upcoming to-be-named concept in Hayes Valley.
In the meantime, a representative for Pesce told Eater that the space has already been bought by new owners. Stay tuned for updates as we learn more about that change.