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rivoli on shattuck?

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Just walked by the former Misto Italian Bistro and saw a liquor license change notice where the new owners are listed as Rivoli Restaurant Inc.

Anyone know if this is a move, or a new venture?

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  1. It almost has to be a new venture. Rivoli is far too popular and well-situated on Solano to move. How could they give up that space with the glassed-in garden out back?

    1. Wow, that's really interesting. I don't remember the Misto Italian Bistro. What is the cross street (or neighborhood)?

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      1. re: milklady

        It's on the west side of Shattuck between Francisco and Delaware, where Phoenix Pastificio used to be. Misto didn't last long there.

      2. Is that the place that used to be Phoenix Pastificio?

        1. Rivoli's current spot is a superior location, and must be a solid money maker. Every time I drive by it at night the front room is crowded. Maybe this new location will be an offshoot, less posh, more bistro-y.

          1. I happened to have reservations at Rivoli last night, so I asked about this. It is indeed a new venture, a more casual offshoot that will feature pizza, pasta, and small plates (I didn't get any further details about these). The owners expect to remain primarily at the existing restaurant on Solano, so I'm not sure who will be doing the cooking on Shattuck. I was told that they're hoping to open in April and will be serving lunch and dinner every day.

            By the way, there was surprise that Chowhound was already reporting the new location. Apparently, the sign had gone up only the day before.

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            1. re: amydeastbay

              "By the way, there was surprise that Chowhound was already reporting the new location. Apparently, the sign had gone up only the day before."

              Truth be told, the "liquor license transfer placard" has a distinctive look. A Chowhounder driving by is obligated to slam on the brakes, flip on the flashers, leap out and see who the new owner will be, then feed us the news. Especially good news like this.

              1. re: santoku45

                Thanks for the info, guys! I look forward to trying their more casual venture when it opens.

                1. re: santoku45

                  LOL, santoku45! And one of the best reasons to be a CH!

                2. re: amydeastbay

                  Corso's chef is Elaine Rivera, who spent many years at Oliveto. I think they're new opening date is around June 12th.

                  1. re: kmah

                    Per Wendy Brucker this afternoon at the Slow Food event, Corso will open tomorrow, Monday, June 9. Plan is 7 days a week, lunch and dinner.