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Feb 3, 2010 07:06 PM

Robert Lauriston's New Restaurant in East Bay - "Locanda da Eva"

Robert, could this be the true reason for your new positive outlook on life? ;-)

Congratulations and good luck on your new endeavor!!!

From the Chronicle's "Inside Scoop" section -

The space housing Zax Tavern, Mazzini Trattoria and, originally, Casa de Eva (2826 Telegraph Ave.) has sat vacant for more than a year since the last tenant, Maritime East, closed. Now, an intrepid out-of-work technology writer is taking a stab at the space.

Robert Lauriston, who has also written occasional restaurant reviews for SF Weekly, hopes to open Locanda da Eva by April. The first-time restaurateur is refurbishing the space, taking it back to its Mazzini decor and putting in new flooring. To head the kitchen, he's brought in Alex Placencia, formerly of Miss Pearl's Jam House in Oakland and Specchio in San Francisco. The fare will be traditional Italian, with lots of pasta dishes, seafood, Roman-style pizzas made in the restaurant's existing wood-fired oven and, of course, tiramisu.

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  1. mazel tov! can't wait to try it!

    1. I really loved Mazzini and went there often. Can't wait to try this new place! I have read others say that the space is cursed but people said that of the former Grasshopper place which is now Wood Tavern so. . .it isn't the space, it's the people behind the space. . .I hope, hope, hope!!! My only words of wisdom would be to make sure service is on point. . I think that's what ended up sinking Mazzini in the end. . or at least it was for me. . I loved the food but eventually could not get past the service (or lack there of).

      Good LUCK!

      3 Replies
      1. re: pastryqueen

        That space is cursed? Casa de Eva was there for DECADES!

        1. re: dlglidden

          For that matter, Grasshopper was quite successful and closed because the owners had young children and were tired of the long hours, not because there was anything wrong with the restaurant.

          1. re: dlglidden

            Casa de Eva might have been there for decades but the building has not been very lucky for restaurants since then. . that fact has even been mentioned on this board a few times.

        2. Can't wait to visit his restaurant; totally trust his reviews. Good job and best of luck! Hey, need any restaurant help? Love Chowhound and Robert's responses. Seriously.


          1. I don't know if it explains the positive outlook, but it might explain the interest in wood-burning ovens. Good luck, Robert!

            3 Replies
            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Yes, I am looking forward to the best wood-oven pizza in the Bay Area.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                That was immeadiately what I thought of too! All the best of luck, Robert, and I'll be in to try the pizza. If it is up to your own standards, it should be terrific.

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  If you've ever looked at his personal web site, he's long maintained a list of pizza places that he likes. The wood-burning oven inquiry was surely part market research, and part personal interest. If anyone will get pizza right, it'll be him.

                2. Kudos on the new endeavor. I'm looking forward to hanging out at the bar...