E’ Tutto Qua is closing after almost 13 years of spinning Roman-style pizza and pasta from a preferred nook of North Seaside, the SF Chronicle noticed first. And honest sufficient — it was a favourite of their former restaurant critic Michael Bauer, who wrote a few years again, the “service has a familial quality” and the “pastas truly star here.” E’ Tutto Qua additionally ranked excessive on Tripadvisor, rising to quantity 16 out of a number of thousand eating places listed in San Francisco, making it a preferred cease for the slews of vacationers guided by that platform.
Since 2007, E’ Tutto Qua inhabited a kind of dramatically skinny corners in North Seaside, on the iconic crossroads of Columbus Avenue and Broadway, instantly throughout from Metropolis Lights, the historic bookstore, and subsequent door to Specs, that soiled martini establishment. Bauer claimed this sliver of actual property was as soon as the unique Bank of America constructing, identified on the time because the Bank of Italy.
It’s precisely the type of restaurant that locals would possibly stroll previous, however fog-weary vacationers would stumble into with negroni-fueled delight. To many, E’ Tutto Qua should have captured precisely what they craved out of a eating expertise in North Seaside: pizza, pasta, heat service, and a view of the road. Proprietor Enzo Pellico grew up in Italy and educated in Rome, so the restaurant was run by precise Italians, who took delight in recent fish, just like the thinly sliced octopus carpaccio, with out “too much garlic, spices, or gimmicks.” (Eater SF reached out to Pellico for additional remark, however hasn’t acquired a response as of publication time.)
The restaurant quietly closed on the finish of June, making the announcement on social media with few particulars however loads of love and exclamation factors. It’s a barely unsettling closing within the midst of the present disaster, as North Seaside has at all times embraced out of doors eating, and E’ Tutto Qua was identified for its sidewalk tables. But it surely additionally welcomed many vacationers, and now that the vacationers have departed, Chinatown and North Seaside are uncharacteristically quiet.
The announcement elicited over 100 responses from followers of this Roman-inspired restaurant, diners from close to and much with fond recollections of meals at this cozy spot in SF’s historic Italian-American neighborhood. Its closure additionally raises the query: because the pandemic continues, will it value San Francisco all of its vacationer venues, a lot of that are additionally true neighborhood gems?