Located in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square, Cotogna is a celebration of rustic Italian cuisine offering an ever-changing menu of spit-roasted or grilled meats and fish, wood-oven pizzas and house-made pastas. The restaurant takes its name from the Italian word for “Quince” and provides a casual, lively, complementary venue to the adjoining Quince Restaurant, also owned by Chef Michael Tusk. In the past few years alone, Cotogna has been named one of the Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants by the San Francisco Chronicle, one of the Top 50 Bay Area Restaurants by Zagat and one of the Best New Restaurants in America by Esquire Magazine.
“Cotogna is more expensive than my other favorites, but worth it. It’s developed a cult-like following among people who might not be Italian but love Italian food. — Lee Ann Monfredini