Che Fico

Enter this reclaimed auto-body shop along the Divisadero corridor with its large bar, salumi aging room, wood tables and a white-tiled open kitchen, and an Italian might exclaim, che fico! (Italian slang for “so cool”). Refined and rustic marry at this ambitious Cal-Ital tavern, run by Matt Brewer (formerly of L20 and Hogsalt Hospitality in Chicago) and David Nayfeld (of NYC’s Eleven Madison Park). Moving west has clearly inspired the team: Ingredients are uber fresh and seasonal, and Nayfeld’s take on Judeo-Italian cuisine (chicken heart and gizzards salad; chopped grilled duck liver) have full yet delicate flavors. Francesca Maniace’s agile wine list syncs perfectly with the menu and vibe, highlighting personal expressions of indigenous grapes like Montenidoli’s lees-aged Vernaccia Fiore or the Giornata Luna Matta Nebbiolo from Paso Robles.

 photo by Douglas Friedman

Restaurant Info

838 Divisadero St., San Francisco, California



This review appears in the print edtion of the August 2018 issue.
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