Che Fico

A Long-Awaited Italian Date Spot From a Team With Some Serious Pedigree

Pizza, Pasta and Limoncello Overlooking Divisadero

By Joe Starkey ·
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When was the last time you spent four years on something? 

College? 

You were pretty proud of that.

Also four years in the making: Che Fico, a new Italian restaurant that will arguably be of way more use to you than that Art History major. It's now open on Divisadero and here's the slideshow.

What you have here is an open, airy, second-story neighborhood good-timery from an impressively resumed team including two Eleven Madison Park alums, as well as vets from 1760 and Commonwealth.

You and some friends, or a special friend, will enter this former auto body garage through walls decorated with murals of fig trees into a huge, open space with concrete walls, wood-beamed ceilings, Italian tiles and plenty of natural light from huge windows and skylights. 

And that light will be shining down on your first destination: the bar. Step right up and order a cocktail like the Pepper with limoncello, strega, cardamaro, lime and black pepper cachaca. Tongues will loosen, conversations will commence and, eventually, it'll be time for your next destination...

That's to say, a red-banquette at a table near the salami-curing room. Gaze longingly at the menu and start with a San Francisco Margherita DOC pizza before moving onto more pressing matters like goat's milk ricotta gnudi and another cocktail.

It's only polite since they spent all that time making them.

Joe Starkey is the tallest person in the room 90% of the time. He enjoys liquors that aren’t smoky, dive bars that are, and has a vague dread that someone, somewhere might be having more fun than him.

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Che Fico
838 Divisadero St
(between McAllister and Fulton)
San Francisco, CA 94117
415-416-6959
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