Last Call: Supper at IncantoBy Tamara Palmer
March 11, 2014
When Inside Scoop SF broke the news that Incanto would close at the end of March, all remaining reservations were quickly snapped up. But don't let that discourage you from having one last bite at chef Chris Cosentino and partner Mark Pastore's influential slice of Italy in Noe Valley. Following advice we were given over the phone by a reservationist, we dropped in early to grab one of the four tables in the bar area; there are also four seats at the wide and comfortable bar counter as well. If last night was any indication, you have a pretty good shot at one of these spaces if you arrive within the first hour of service.
One of the current specials on the "Odds and Ends" board is the Last Meal, a dish of blood sausage, fried duck egg and poached oysters that Cosentino created in his winning round of Top Chef Masters. Another fitting way to bid farewell to Incanto is with a last Supper for Two, which currently is a large crockpot of supple pork jowl and clams spiked with serrano chile slivers and escarole. Either way, your final dinner is going to be the best kind of heart-stopper.
Incanto's last day of service will be March 24. Come May, Cosentino and Pastore will open Porcellino in the same space - a casual lunch and dinner extension of their Ferry Building business Boccalone Salumeria. Cosentino is also working on a yet-to-be-announced restaurant in the former Zuppa space in SoMa. While details are still slim, a source at Incanto suggests that this new project will be a chance for Cosentino to show off broader international flavors.