September 23, 2021


For Everyone Else

Sfizio pop-up serves Italian food stuff at Way Station Brew

Update 7/19/21: This report has been current to consist of information from Way Station Brew proprietor Warren Spicer.

Pop-up restaurant Sfizio opened at Way Station Brew, located at 2120 Dwight Way, serving fresh pasta and seasonal greens on a weekly foundation.

Chef and owner Matt Solimano started serving pasta final summer months at South Park Cafe in San Francisco in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic just after he quit his occupation as the sous-chef of Italian restaurant Pizzaiolo.  He started building pasta at Way Station Brew on June 16 and due to the fact then, Sfizio has been open up each individual Wednesday night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m, in accordance to a put up from the restaurant’s Instagram account, @sfiziopasta.

Warren Spicer, proprietor of Way Station Brew, additional that they will soon host Sfizio on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. as very well.

“A good friend of mine used to reside throughout the street and became good close friends with Warren, the proprietor of Way Station,” Solimano said in an e mail. “They told him about Sfizio and he was tremendous excited. He’s been genuinely supportive and accommodating to us.”

Spicer has needed Way Station Brew to have a “European cafe vibe” in which clients can grab coffee and pastries throughout the day and transition to beer, wine and far more food items in the night, Solimano included.

Way Station Brew opened in Oct 2017, or as Spicer likes to connect with, “two many years and a pandemic” ago. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Way Station Brew had been open up most nights but minimize its several hours because of to deficiency of business and staffing issues, only opening for lunch most times, in accordance to Solimano.

Way Station Brew has permitted several pop-ups at its locale in the previous, and according to Spicer, it will go on to offer a system for cooks to “put their work out there.” Currently, Sfizio is the only pop-up Way Station Brew is performing with, Spicer added.

Solimano explained he tries to continue to keep his prices as economical as probable. In addition, Sfizio’s menu variations each individual number of months and can be discovered on the Instagram account.

Oakland resident Cindy Ngo tried out the squid and egg asparagus for an appetizer and spaghetti and gnocchi for her major course.

“Customer assistance was great and the food was outstanding,” Ngo stated. “The gnocchi was the standout entree and they even were being equipped to make mine dairy-totally free devoid of cheese.”

Sfizio’s recent menu contains appetizers these kinds of as grilled zucchini and eggplant, early girl tomatoes and cucumber and grilled Monterey Bay squid for $7. It also has Base Camp Bakery bread obtainable for $3.

As for primary dishes, Sfizio serves spaghetti pomodoro, fettuccine e mais and gnocchi primavera ranging from $8 to $13. For dessert, Sfizio features grilled peach with a griddled biscuit and whipped cream.

“We aren’t on a higher foot site visitors road. Bringing consciousness of Way Station to a larger sized audience that appreciates good quality in meals, coffee, drinks and atmosphere will only assist our success over time,” Spicer mentioned. “We, like Matt, feel anyone warrants accessibility to a top quality encounter.”

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