We first heard word about the upcoming arrival of Tratto a few weeks ago, and today the team shared a full release with all the details about what's going to be "a spirited, bar-driven restaurant serving rustic Italian fare with modern sensibilities" opening later this month. Executive Chef Kevin Scott, formerly of Big 4 and Scala’s Bistro, is running the kitchen, and the concept was created by SF’s Puccini Group, who were also behind Jasper's Corner Tap + Kitchen.
Tratto, the name, which makes reference to the word "trattoria" but also to the Italian word for ink stroke or line, is also a play on the new name of the hotel in which the restaurant is housed, The Marker (formerly called the Hotel Monaco, and no longer a Kimpton property). The restaurant moves into the corner space that used to be Grand Café and more recently became the short-lived BDK Bar & Kitchen, which briefly shuttered last summer and just permanently closed last week.
Chef Scott promises a menu focusing on pizza, house-made pastas and sausage, seasonal vegetables, and seafood, with as little manipulation as possible, in the spirit of all rustic Italian cuisine. "I discovered my passion for cooking in the heartland of Italy," he says, "and I look forward to not only serving food that is fresh, unassuming and delicious, but creating an enjoyable environment that is reflective of the Italian spirit."
At the bar will be a selection of Italian-inspired cocktails, as well as fifteen wines by the glass, two more on tap, and a house "jug wine."
And design-wise, they've hired San Francisco artist Amos Goldbaum, best known for his line-drawn t-shirt designs, to create some hand-drawn murals for the space inspired by SF vistas and the skyline.
The exact opening date hasn't been announced, but it should be open within a week or two, and will be open seven days a week for breakfast, dinner, and weekend brunch.
Tratto - 501 Geary Street at Taylor - Opening in June 2016