Welcome to Cotogna – a true rustic Italian experience located in historic Jackson Square in San Francisco. In a city where what you eat may be more scrutinized than most, native foodies can agree on one thing: There are some fabulous aromas coming from this restaurant! It’s not even about what they cook (although we’ll get to that) — it’s how. Watch the video above to see more of their unique spit roasting oven; a wondrous wood fire appliance that’s a combination rotisserie and grill and comes straight from Tuscany!
Here they do things like in the Old Country. Executive Chef Michael Tusk is a James Beard winner and is known for his handmade pastas and fire-roasted meats on the spit. When I was there they even had rabbit roasting away!
Presentation is simple at Cotogna, but with that comes nothing to hide behind.Technique gives way to tradition as seen in the roquette pasta Chef de Cuisine Timothy Caspare created for Goodtaste cameras. Each individual pasta shell is constructed by dragging the pasta across a wooden board with a butter knife — now that takes time! It’s a warm weather dish from Southern Italy that makes use of basil, tomatoes, cauliflower, capers and more. The final presentation? Simple, elegant and effective.
The good folks at Cotogna are also in on my latest sweepstakes – a Goodtaste Golden Gate Getaway for 2 to San Francisco! Part of this package includes a nice dinner somewhere special…hint, hint. 😉