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Where to drink and dine on your days off

by Keri Bridgwater

New Seasonal Menu: Rustic Root


Highlights from executive chef Marcel Childress’ new fall menu at this popular downtown destination include a bacon-wrapped Opah belly served with lobster cream sauce and Okinawan potato chips, steamed oxtail dumpling served with pork jus and a rustic shepherd’s pie made with braised lamb shoulder, mushroom, peas, carrot, pearl onion and Gruyere mash – perfect for when the weather eventually turns a little chillier. 535 5th Ave (619) 232 1747

RMD Group Debuts Salvucci’s Near Petco Park


More Italian for the East Village

Launching tonight and open for dinner Monday through Saturday is Salvucci’s, the new Italian restaurant from RMD Group, which counts Don Chido and Rustic Root among its downtown area assets. Two weeks from today, the restaurant will start its regular hours — from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. then 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays, with Sundays added eventually.

RMD Group announced the project in March, when it took over the East Village space vacated by Comun Taqueria and gave it a moderate refresh. Now, hanging market crates obscure the existing open kitchen while handmade pasta hangs in the see-through walk-in cooler and vintage photos decorate the walls.

The menu, influenced by the group’s East Coast roots, revolves around homestyle Italian food by chef Michael Marino and ranges from fried ravioli and meatballs as starters to salads, pizzas and main dishes that include chicken parmesan, lasagna and spaghetti with clams.

Salvucci's Ristorante Opening in Gaslamp

Salvucci’s Ristorante Ushers Old School Italian Into the East Village


Bring on the red sauce

The East Village food scene is filling back in again after several notable restaurant closures; over on J Street, Oscar’s Mexican Seafood has replaced TOAST Enoteca & Cucina and we’re hearing that a local hospitality group has something in the pipeline for the former Table No. 10. And today, the RMD Group announced that it will be taking over the space vacated by Comun Taqueria last November.

RMD Group, whose high-profile projects include the Gaslamp’s FLUXX nightclub, Don Chido and Rustic Root, is venturing east to open Salvucci’s Ristorante, which will specialize in “authentic, home-style Italian cuisine”. Inspired by the group’s East Coast Italian roots and named for one of the partner’s grandparents, the menu will be based on family recipes (including osso buco, spaghetti alle vongole, housemade gnocchi and eggplant involtini), implemented by chef Michael Marino. The kitchen will also bake up pizzas ranging from the classic Margherita to the “Fig & Pig” made with smoked bacon, figs, fontina and mozzarella cheese.

Scheduled to open by late April or early May, Salvucci’s will serve lunch and dinner daily. Moderate structural changes are being done to the space, which will feature copper tables and old school images of Italian families, plus a 12-seat bar pouring Italian and California wines and signature cocktails.

Salvuccis Italian Restaurant - RMD Group