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Buzzy Polk Street Fiorella Starts Serving Cal-Italian Brunch

Plus, two new choices for downtown power lunch

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Fiorella for brunch

Russian Hill’s bustling new location of Richmond District Cal-Italian restaurant Fiorella is now serving what’s likely to be a bustling brunch. The menu (below) includes pork tonnato toast, banana bread with whipped coconut, hazelnuts, and cocoa, and — what else? — wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizza with an egg on top. “When we first opened here everyone asked for daytime hours, and we’re so excited to make that happen,” says Fiorella’s Boris Nemchenok . Hours are Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Michelin-starred power luncheons

Downtown diners have two new one-Michelin starred lunch choices — both literally called “power lunches” — from which to draw their strength. The first, at Angler from chef Joshua Skenes, is designed for a party of at least two to eat family-style, and includes five courses (including Big Eye Tuna with tomato jelly and shiso, half a wood-oven roasted chicken, and finally a soft serve sundae), for $48 per person, served in about 45 minutes. The second is at Michael Mina, for $49: Chef Raj Dixit’s menu includes three Middle Eastern-inspired courses, starting with mezzes like fava bean falafel and sumac-marinated beets, then choice of entrees like Yemenite-style beef short ribs, and frozen yogurt and seasonal fruit from new pastry chef Nick Muncy.

Father’s Day fundraiser breakfast at Cal Peternell’s soon-to-be restaurant

Longtime Chez Panisse chef Cal Peternell is busy opening a new restaurant, The Lede, inside Oakland coworking space StudioToBe. But before it’s fully operational, Peternell is hosting a father’s day benefit in the space to help out KIND, Kids in Need of Defense, which “addresses the gap in legal services for unaccompanied children in the US.” It’s Sunday, June 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with more food from folks like Tacos Oscar. Tickets ($25-50 sliding scale) here.

SFO workers will vote on strike

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