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Restaurant Report: Locanda, in San Francisco
July 15, 2011 | Nick Czap | The New York Times
In 1998, Craig Stoll and his soon-to-be wife, Annie, opened Delfina, whose Tuscan-influenced dishes established a new benchmark for Italian food in San Francisco, and a new center of gravity for the cuisine, in the city’s Mission district. In 2005, the Stolls opened a pizzeria next door, and in 2008, a second in Pacific Heights. In April, the couple added another Mission-based element to their empire: Locanda, an osteria that channels the culinary traditions of Rome. READ ARTICLE


Roman Holiday
August 2011 | Josh Sens | San Francisco Magazine

The flavors of the Eternal City find a home at the new Locanda.

You know we’ve gotten serious about a country’s cuisine when a single designation for it no longer suffices. A generation back, we went out for “Italian,” a term that covered everything from Nonna’s old-world cooking to the red-sauced fare of Americanized haunts. As our understanding of “Italian” deepened, so did our need for nuance. “Southern” and “Northern” emerged as brute descriptors, rough categories that suggested, on the one hand, capers, olives, tomatoes, and seafood and on the other, creamy cheese-stuffed pastas and thick-cut meats.READ ARTICLE


WHAT’S NEW
Mission’s Locanda debuts
May 1, 2011 | Paolo Lucchesi | San Francisco Chronicle
When Craig and Anne Stoll opened Delfina in 1998, the restaurant quickly became one of the cornerstones for the vibrant restaurant culture building in the Mission. Since then, they’ve spun off two bustling pizzerias, and for their new restaurant, Locanda, which opened Thursday in the former Ramblas space, they’ve turned to Rome.READ ARTICLE


Innovative, Roman-inspired cocktails define Mission’s hip Locanda
August 4, 2011 | Erik Cummins | SF Examiner
With a classic, understated decor and a unique menu featuring Roman inspired food and drink, Locanda has, in just a matter of months, become one of the busiest hot spots in the Mission. When he has a chance to catch his breath, lead bartender Michael Sager has added innovative cocktails to the menu — and he and his staff also serve up unique cocktails created and designed on the spot. Part of the Delfina Group, the restaurant’s expansive wine list features wines of the continent, as well as local wine on tap.
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No Fear: A Taste of the New Locanda
April 27, 2011 | Sara Deseran | 7×7 Magazine
I was lucky enough to be invited to Locanda’s friends and family dinner last Saturday night. It’s always exciting and nerve-racking to watch a restaurant get ready to launch (for those of you who can’t wait, Locanda opens this Saturday)—especially in this day and age where “soft openings” really aren’t possible… READ ARTICLE


The Delfina Team Goes South: Roman Fare at Locanda in the Mission
April 29, 2011 | Daily Candy
Once upon a time, the Delfina team took a trip to Rome (literally and figuratively).READ ARTICLE


Rome If You Want To: Locanda, by the Numbers
May 2, 2011 | Urban Daddy San Francisco
Coming out of the sunniest weekend in way too long, you might not need that European vacation after all. But if Rome came to you in the form of a pasta-centric, offal-loving, cocktailing restaurant called Locanda from the Delfina folks, you’d be okay with that. READ ARTICLE


Annie Stoll Takes Us Behind the Hiring Process at Locanda
April 20, 2011 | Carolyn Alburger | Eater SF
Following up on yesterday’s reveal on the Locanda “Facebook” experiment, today we bring you in on a recent chat we had with owner Annie Stoll at Locanda’s big sister restaurant, Delfina… Here, Annie Stoll gives us an idea of what goes on with the front of house before a big restaurant opening and after the doors are open for business. READ ARTICLE


Locanda Diaries
April 26, 2011 | Paolo Lucchesi | Inside Scoop SF
Locanda, the Roman-inspired restaurant from the Delfina crew, opens later this week. The buzz will surely continue to build over the next few days, but in an effort to get to the heart of a restaurant in the pre-opening phase, we’re going to take you — the reader, the diner — behind the scenes to witness a few of the many things that go into a new restaurant.
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See an Exclusive Preview of the Locanda Menu; Also, 7×7 Gets Firsties on a Mini-Review
April 27, 2011 | Jay Barmann | Grub Street SF
It is the Week of Locanda, and everyone’s abuzz, so to speak! The Scoop chats up chef Anthony Strong about how he learned to make Amatriciana (a traditional Roman pasta sauce based on guanciale and tomato). 7×7′s Sara Deseran takes a minute to discuss how restaurants can’t really pull off soft openings anymore, what with all the bloggers and Yelpers clamoring for first dibs on judging a new place.. READ ARTICLE


First Look Inside Locanda, Now Open
May 2, 2011 | Jay Barmann | Grub Street SF
Locanda (557 Valencia Street) opened to the public on Saturday, and the new Roman osteria from the Delfina team of Craig and Annie Stoll and chef Anthony Strong seems destined to be a hit.READ ARTICLE


Pre-Opening At Locanda: Annie Stoll’s “Facebook” For Servers
April 19, 2011 | Carolyn Alburger | Eater SF
Annie Stoll has solidified an excited team of 30 for the front of house at her forthcoming Roman restaurant. Having run the service at Delfina and both Pizzeria Delfinas since day one, this woman knows hiring. We’ve got a two-part series coming at you today and tomorrow, probing behind the scenes of the Locanda opening through the lens of the staff. Here, for the first part, we bring you an excerpt from the Locanda “Facebook” experiment, Annie Stoll’s own creation to help ease the getting-to-know-you process for the future Locanda team. READ ARTICLE


Bay Area ‘Power Couples’: Craig & Annie Stoll
July 30, 2010 | Laura Mason | 7×7 Magazine
It’s hard to start a business in the Bay Area. And even harder to make it successful. We’re inspired by the couples who have done it together and have decided to highlight them every week in our new “Bay Area Power Couples” blog series… READ ARTICLE