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Carolyn Alburger | Photo: Courtesy Yelp, Trattoria Da Vittorio, Amawele | May 20, 2013
Brand new Chinese barbecue, South African comfort food, and Southern Italian fare for you to check out this week.
1) Outer Sunset: Zagat caught wind of a new no-frills Cantonese barbecue joint, which has replaced the 15-year-old Ming Kee in the Outer Sunset. Along the same lines as the much-loved Cheung Hing, Guangdong Barbecue Tea House (2191 Irving Street) is a speedy, counter service Chinese restaurant, offering affordable renditions of classic roast pork, roast duck, and an extensive selection of other plates that are all under $12. There are also some family style options worth noting: $69 buys a whole roast duck dinner for four, and it’s $99 for a whole Peking duck dinner for six. For those of you pining away for the old Ming Kee days, this Yelper is convinced it will reopen near City College on Ocean Avenue in July.
2) Financial District: Eater brings word of Amawele's (101 Spear Street), an unassuming new family-run South African restaurant in Rincon Center. The owners, who are identical twins, cite English, Indian, Dutch, Malaysian and native African influences in their food. You can read through the whole menu here. It includes several new-to-San Francisco dishes like bunny chow, and a Frikadella Slap Chip Roll filled with lavender- and fennel-laced meatballs, vinegar French fries and grilled onions. The space is small, and primarily available for take out, although there are a handful of seats in Rincon Center plaza.
3) West Portal: A neighborhoody, Southern Italian/Italian-American restaurant called Trattoria De Vittorio (150 West Portal Avenue) has opened in the old Café for All Seasons space. Owner Vittorio D’Urzo hired former Acqua Pazza chef Filippo Cannone, and a Neapolitan pizzaiolo, Antonio Luongo. The menu includes a large selection of Neapolitan pizzas fired in a classic brick oven from Naples. There’s also a wide array of antipasti and pastas to round things out. Inside Scoop has good shots of some menu items. They’ll get a beer and wine license any day now.