Here’s the latest on food news in the Richmond District…
Fiorella: Neighborhood Italian opens this week
Fiorella, a new Italian spot specializing in pizza, will open at 2339 Clement (at 24th Ave) this Wednesday. The menu includes Fritti, Pane, Antipasti, Pasta (with gluten-free options available), Secondi, Pizza (cooked in an Italian pizza oven), Dolce, and Bambini. Owner Boris Nemchenok grew up in the Richmond District and both Chef-Partner Brandon Gillis and Chef de Cuisine Gavin Braid live in the neighborhood. Initially Fiorella will be open 5pm-10pm daily, with weekend brunch and backyard seating coming soon.
A Playland favorite comes back as a pop-up
Back when Playland at the Beach was around, “The Hot House” was a favorite food stop known for their cup-shaped tamales and red sauce. The original Hot House was in operation from 1934-1996, first at Playland at the Beach and then later on Balboa in the Outer Richmond. Now, the son of the final owner, Eric Faranda, is hosting monthly pop-ups that include the famous tamales, enchiladas, and chile con carne. There’s one on January 30 from 12pm-3pm at Al-Masri, 4031 Balboa St. at 41st Avenue. For reservations, email Hot.firstname.lastname@example.org [via Tablehopper]
Butter Love Bakeshop open on Balboa
Waist lines beware! Butter Love Bakeshop took over the space formerly occupied by Nibs Bakery at 3717 Balboa (at 38th Ave). After 5 years and several different pop-ups, owner Esa Yonn-Brown now has a permanent storefront for her all-butter-crust pies — savory pot pies, seasonal fruit pies, galettes — as well as Mr. Espresso coffee and what she calls “old-fashioned American baked goods” such as cookies and bundt cakes. And for those of you missing Nibs’ scones – they passed the recipe for their signature scones onto Esa, so she will continue to make those for the neighborhood. And with more regular hours we assume 😉
Buckshot on Geary closes its doors
The Buckshot Bar & Gameroom at 3848 Geary closed without any warning recently. No explanation from the owners, just some goodbyes on their Facebook page. “We thank you for making Buckshot one of the funnest and craziest bars San Francisco has ever seen. We will miss you.” Damn, where will we play skeeball now in the neighborhood? 🙁 UPDATE: The skee ball lanes have been moved upstairs to Ireland’s 32 – yay!
Bottlezup offers tea & coffee from Shabu House
Reader Derek passed along this tip to us: “Today I was passing by Shabu House Sushi on 5th and Clement when I saw a sign for Bottlezup Tea and Coffee on the *same* storefront. A guy by the name of Kenny poked his head out the window and asked if I’d like to try some samples. He invited me in and I saw that the tea shop was in a section of the front while Shabu was in the back. They’ve been open for about a month and the samples were delicious!”