Have a very Italian Christmas dinner with Che Fico’s take-home feast. The Braised Short Rib dinner ($300, feeds four) includes a Winter Salad with Burrata, Black Truffle Lasagna Bolognese, Potato Parmigiano Gratinato, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and a bottle of red, white, or non-alcoholic sparkling wine. There’s also a vegetarian option ($275, feeds four) that swaps out the meat dishes with Polenta Fritti with roasted vegetables. Several dishes are also available a la carte, including a Citrus Almond Cake for dessert ($40). All meals are fully cooked and easily reheated. Che Fico is also offering a Hanukkah menu that’s still available, with a Brisket dinner ($250, feeds four) that includes 16 potato latkes with heirloom apple sauce and house-made sour cream, Braised Brisket alongside a winter salad, roasted carrots, sesame challah, gelt, and a bottle of Lambrusco or a N/A option.
How to order: Order Hanukkah dinner ASAP on Tock for pickup on Sunday, December 18. Order the Christmas dinner on Tock by December 18 for pickup on Friday, December 23.
Any dinner at Che Fico feels like a celebration—the second story space’s playful, sophisticated exuberance (and banging soundtrack) is basically begging for a dinner party. Go the private route in the restaurant’s Celentano Room, which is, appropriately, covered in album covers from Italian musician Adriano Celentano. The space seats groups of up to 14 around a stunning Valley Oak wooden table, a fine place to feast on chef David Nayfield’s next level Italian cuisine. If you’d rather soak in the energy of the main dining room, book part or all of the Famiglia Table (which can seat up to 22) for a family-style feast.
How to book: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve.
Che Fico (pronounced “kay-feeco”) translates literally to “What a fig” in Italian, but colloquially means “That’s so cool!” which is exactly what one thinks when they step inside of the industrial second-story space that was once home to an auto body shop and is now full of colorful, Echer-like tiles and wallpaper, vaulted exposed-beam ceilings, rich woods, and red leather banquettes. The space is impressive and timeless, which is an important part of the experience, but it’s the food that really takes this self-proclaimed “Italian Taverna” to the next level. Think: rustic Italian meets Northern California, which means handmade pastas and pizzas, plus dishes from the Jewish-Italian heritage known as “Cucina Ebraica,” all denoted on the menu with a Star of David.
Che Fico opened a couple of years ago to a lot of much-deserved buzz, but it’s finally been around long enough that it’s not completely impossible to snag a reservation. Which you’ll want to do because part of the Che Fico experience is enjoying the meal in the stylish and colorful second-story dining room (grab a spot by the window if you can). Highlights on the menu include handmade rustic pasta dishes, an SF take on Neapolitan pizza, housemade salumi, and several dishes reflective of the Jewish-Roman heritage known as “Cucina Ebraica” (noted by a Star of David on the menu). Che Fico also has an excellent cocktail program and seats at the bar reserved for walk-ins, so if you can’t land a reservation, you can always pop in for a drink and snack. Also of note: Che Fico’s downstairs sibling, Che Fico Alimentari, a wine bar and Italian market with dim lighting, cozy tables, rustic Italian dishes, and a ton of Italian wines at a price point for every bank account. Most important? Che Fico Alimnetari is now the only place you can get the pineapple pizza that instantly won our hearts and stomachs when it first arrived at Che Fico.
How to book: online or walk-in and sit at the bar.
The neighboring sister restaurant to Che Fico is a full-service restaurant whose marketplace actually has three delivery subscriptions available, one for pantry, provisions, and wine—the ultimate restaurant market convenience. From shelf-stable goods like house-made arrabbiata sauce, dry pasta, and select local and imported products, to fresh produce from local farms and meal kits, you can mix and match to your heart’s desire. If you don’t want to commit to a box every month, try the items a la carte, like the Calabrian Chili Bomba (a chili and roasted garlic sauce), frozen tiramisu, frozen eggplant parmigiana, house-made seasonal jams, or house-cured meats like bresaola.
How to order: Subscribe to boxes, or order a la carte pantry items for delivery or pickup online.
The bad news is that while Che Fico is doing pop-ups, it’s still not fully reopened. The good news is that you can now also go to its downstairs sister spot to get the amazing pineapple pizza (with red onion and fermented chili) that ends the “Should pineapple be on pizza?” debate once and for all. There are four of Che Fico’s popular pizzas on the menu—all made using a sourdough yeast starter and whole grains grown and milled on the West Coast, resulting in a lightly charred-on-purpose crust that’s covered with Parmigiano-Reggiano. Just be sure to also order pasta and save room for noteworthy desserts.
How to enjoy: Make a reservation or order takeout.