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Flour + Water’s More Casual Sister Restaurant Penny Roma Is Expanding

It’s good news for both solo diners and all those folks who forget to make reservations for Saturday night dinner

Trays of fresh pasta.
Flour + Water Group’s Penny Roma will expand into the current Pasta Shop space.
Krescent Carasso
Lauren Saria is the editor of Eater SF and has been writing about food, drinks, and restaurants for more than a decade.

You might have thought that there was no way the Mission District needed another pasta spot. But since opening in late 2021, Penny Roma — the more causal, streamlined sister restaurant to the legendary Flour + Water — has become a favorite for both its approachable menu of crudo and cacio e pepe and its glamorous, plant-draped space. Now, less than two years into the restaurant’s tenure, the ever-growing Flour + Water Restaurant Group, which recently took its impressive pizza game to Columbus Avenue, has plans to grow Penny Roma’s footprint.

As of today, the adjacent Pasta Shop will be open for limited hours for delivery and to-go only from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. while the location undergoes a full renovation. When it’s done in about a month, the space — which has primarily been for lunch and retail pasta and wine sales until now — will be transformed into an expansion of the Penny Roma dining room. The goal is to create room for both Penny Roma’s solo diners and those who hope to walk in without reservation. The team plans to add an eight-seat Pasta Bar and ten-seat communal table, as well as an expand the pasta production line. The new space is expected to debut in August.

The exterior of the Flour + Water Pasta Shop. Krescent Carasso

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