Aquerello turns 30 on August 3
Italian stalwart Aquerello is celebrating three decades in the business by opening some wines with the same vintage as the restaurant: 1989. It’s been quite the run for co-owners Giancarlo Paterlini and executive chef Suzette Gresham: She’s earned Aquerello a Michelin star every year since the guide came to the Bay Area in 2007, adding a second in 2014 and making her only the third woman in the US to achieve a second star. To mark the 30-year anniversary, Paterlini and Gresham will host a special dinner featuring wines like a 1989 Bricco dell’Uccellon Barbera, and a menu starring luxury items like caviar, truffles, king crab, and dry-aged lamb.
Buy wine at Che Fico Alimentari
Speaking of good Italian wines, Che Fico’s downstairs Alimentari has been given the green light to do retail wine sales. Customers can now swing by to bring home bottles of wine director Francesca Maniace’s stellar selections, or stay and enjoy them at the wine, pasta, and dessert-focused establishment, which opened as an extension of Che Fico this spring. They’ve also got catering options and to-go items like pasta and gelato from pastry chef Angela Pinkerton.
New Burmese cuisine in the Marina
Karaweik Burmsese Cuisine has opened at 3317 Steiner Street, bringing dishes like royal tea leaf salad and paratha with coconut curry to the Marina. Tablehopper was first to report the opening; Karaweik is serving daily lunch and dinner, and it’s the only Burmese option in the Marina.
Arrest made in hit-and-run killing of beloved SF grocer
US Marshals have arrested an SF resident, 20-year-old Eleasia Fraise, on a warrant issued for the alleged hit-and-run manslaughter of Konstantinos “Gus” Vardakastanis. The 57-year-old entrepreneur, who owned local grocery stores like Gus’s Community Market and the Haight Street Market, was killed in 2017 while a work in the Bayview. The suspect is also being charged with arson, conspiracy, and driving without a license.