Top Chef Masters winner/comic book character/chef Chris Cosentino will close his offal-pioneering, 12-year-old San Francisco restaurant Incanto later this month. Inside Scoop SF reports Cosentino and partner Mark Pastore will replace the restaurant with a new concept, Porcellino, a "more casual" neighborhood dining option/retail space that will predominantly feature Cosentino's artisan salumi line Boccalone. Pastore tells ISSF: "It's going to be a much more casual environment than Incanto … I think there are a lot of things we can do to service the neighborhood."
In its 12-year run, Incanto earned a few Michelin Bib Gourmand nods (the last in 2012), and was consistently one of the city's most difficult-to-get tables. (In an early 2013 review, though, SF Chron's Michael Bauer suggested the menu had veered more toward the "mainstream," with disappointing — yet still two-and-a-half-star — results.) Cosentino's new restaurant project was cited as a reason for the revamp, though details for the upcoming concept are still scarce.
Incanto will officially close after service on March 24. Cosentino acknowledged the closure on Twitter, saying "Thanks everyone for all your years of support." More on Porcellino as it becomes available.
· Incanto to Close This Month and Be Replaced by Porcellino [ISSF]
· All Chris Cosentino Coverage on Eater [-E-]