Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither were San Francisco institutions SPQR or A16.
Named after the roadway connecting Canosa di Puglia to Napoli, the latter finally crosses the Bay Bridge so East Bay residents don’t have to.
Scheduled to open June 1, the new A16 Rockridge will not be the same A16 you know and love in the Marina. It'll be even better.
Take a look around as the hostess guides you to your leather banquette. You'll immediately notice that this lighter, brighter space feels more rustic, with whitewashed bricks and lofty ceilings.
The menu is full of innovative, artisanal pizzas prepared with the care you've come to expect from A16, but in unexpected shapes (the racquet-shaped rachetta) and ingredient combinations — the salsiccia e vongole is made with manila clams (in the shell) and sausage.
Get a taste of coastal Campania as you tuck into roasted calamari with fried corona beans. Or go nuts with the selection of crudo, including Somerset Oysters and Fort Bragg Sea Urchin.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Best bets: Salsiccia e vongole; rachetta; roasted calamari
Wine list: Co-owner Shelley Lundgren has gone all out, curating a 1,500-strong wine list highlighting Southern Italian varietals and East Bay-produced wines.
Nearby: À Côté; Zachary's Chicago Pizza; Enoteca Molinari