East coast Italian-American at St. Vincent [San Francisco]
St. Vincent occasionally does East Coast-style menus at lunch or on Sundays, when they're normally closed. The chef, Bill Niles, started in New Jersey boardwalk Italian-American restaurants, so he knows the tradition. I had a great meatball sandwich a while back.
Last night was a prix-fixe of spaghetti (actually bucatini) with tomato sauce and crab, garlic bread, mixed chicory salad, and tiramisu, $35 plus $10 for AYCD fresh and fruity Fazi Battaglia "Titulus" Verdicchio. Good food, fun, good value. Get on the mailing list to hear about future events:
Beats me. I haven't had enough of it to develop any expertise beyond sometimes knowing when to tell visitors looking for particular dishes that they're not common here.
One of the people I went with is from Massachusetts and he said it reminded him of Italian places his family went when he was a kid.
Clicked on their website hoping for a real Eastern "Southern-Italian/American" (my definition of "Eastern Italian") for lunch...but alas only open for brunch sat/sun and dinner...great menu...but nary a meatball, baked clam or parmagiana in sight! Major Bummer...you got my hopes up..as I was really craving Real "Italian" red sauce/gravy!!!
Great news about the Sunday Italian dinners. I will be there. I was born and raised in South Jersey and spent summers in Wildwood and later Brielle/Pt Pleasant.
I really appreciate the Jersey/Italian food and miss it so much. Good luck,
PS Cannoli would be good too