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Jan 13, 2014 01:40 PM

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:

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  1. How would you characterize East Coast Italian? Would that be something like you would have gotten at La Grotta Azzura in NYC Little Italy?

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    1. re: chocolatetartguy

      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.

      1. re: chocolatetartguy

        As a native of New Jersey, I would characterize East Coast Italian as a heavy dose of garlic, tomato sauce and melted cheese.

        1. re: DavidT

          I always think of it as "Eye-talian," as opposed to Italian.

      2. 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 got my hopes I was really craving Real "Italian" red sauce/gravy!!!

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        1. re: ChowFun_derek

          Like I said, the East Coast Italian-American menus are occasional, at times when they're normally closed.

          Their regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 5:30-10 (11 Fri. & Sat.). No brunch.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Actually, they have just started opening for brunch.
            The menu is here:

        2. 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,
          Dena Young
          PS Cannoli would be good too