Letters from Incanto

Letters from Incanto are sent by email and archived below. They cover restaurant and related happenings and the occasional announcement of special events, such as wine dinners.

Letters Archives


Porcellino (March 2014)

Times change, lives change. After careful thought, we have decided that now is the time to turn the page on the Incanto chapter of our […]


The R Spot (April 2012)

Sex and eating are perhaps the two most intimate things we can do with our bodies.  Is it any wonder that matters of personal morality […]


On Cloud Nine (June 2011)

June 2, 2011 marked Incanto’s ninth anniversary.  The number nine held special meaning for the poet Dante Alighieri, a man whose life and works have […]


Is OpenTable Worth it? (October 2010)

We’ve often been asked why Incanto is not listed on OpenTable.com. For those of you not familiar with the service, OpenTable is the most successful […]


A Leg Up – Incanto Enters a New Decade (January 2010)

About an hour ago we opened the doors for dinner service.  Just as we have for virtually every other non-Tuesday night for the past eight […]


Shock & Foie (February 2009)

The War Against Dietary Self-Determinism Part of Incanto’s mission is to offer our diners an opportunity to connect with the food we serve: who raised […]


When Royalty Comes Calling (March 2008)

“Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.” Bill Murray as Phil Connors As a genuine self-made man who has gained his […]


Primo Levi: 20th Century Dante (February 2006)

By Robert Andersen Who could find words, even in free-running prose, For the blood and wounds I saw, in all their horror— Telling it over […]

Incanto at Dusk

Duncanville (September 2005)

By Robert Andersen You won’t find mention of Duncanville in the guide books. Indeed the Noe Valley itself scarcely rates a glance, which is just […]


The Tao of Dante (May 2005)

Chris Nolan stopped by for a visit one morning last week. One of the country’s most intelligent, insightful, and bitingly funny political commentators, Chris is […]


Christmas Eve Dinner (December 2004)

Cena della Vigilia di Natale For many of us here in San Francisco, Christmas Eve represents the culmination of weeks of planning, travel, and preparations […]


Classic Wines of Italy (October 2004)

Classic Wines of Italy In the autumn of 2004 Incanto hosted a series of wine dinners celebrating the classic red wines of Italy: Barolo, Brunello, […]


Summer Sagras (July 2004)

Summer Sagra Dinners During the summer of 2004 Incanto hosted a series of sagra dinners featuring some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best seasonal […]


Sicilian Mattanza Dinner (May 2004)

They were like fishes, which fishermen have netted out of the sea, and thrown upon the beach to lie gasping for water till the heat […]


Why We Serve Offal (January 2004)

On Monday January 12, 2004, Incanto hosted its first-ever Slow Food-sponsored dinner.  The theme was “Dining from Head to Tail: The Rich Culinary Tradition of […]


An Ode to Groucho (December 2003)

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.” – Groucho Marx San Francisco Restaurants […]


Duncan Street Herb Garden (April 2003)

The Roof is in Bloom Nonna (that’s my wife, for those of you not lucky enough to know her) has been laboring away these past […]

Italian wine

An Email from Leslie (January 2003)

Piquing our Interest Our friend Leslie Sbrocco, an effervescent wine enthusiast and multimedia celebrity, sent an email this week that tickled our interest.  For more […]


The Walk-in (September 2002)

My Office Incanto’s business office sits in what was once the walk-in refrigerator for Speckmann’s restaurant. Due to less-than-perfect ventilation and the fact that our […]

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Birth of Incanto (June 2002)

Origins I really don’t know precisely when I decided I wanted to open a restaurant. My earliest recollection of having the idea is from 1972; […]