There’s no question that parks and recreation centers are key to neighborhoods and strong communities, but there’s another place that really brings people together — the watering hole. And San Anselmo just got a new one. Cucina SA, which has been in business for 20 years, recently renovated and expanded its space to include a full bar that seats 30 with an upstairs mezzanine area that will eventually become a lounge. Along with two dining rooms, a private dining option and outdoor tables on the adjacent bridge, the restaurant is a solid bet for casual after-work drinks or hosting large parties. The menu has wood-fired pizzas, homemade pastas, modern takes on Italian classics and lots of vegetarian and gluten-free options. On the drink side, you’ll find wines, beers and a full cocktail menu with house specialties like the Cucina Cosmo.
WHO Owner Donna Seymour
WHAT The San Anselmo restaurant gets a new full bar
WHERE 510 San Anselmo Avenue, 415.454.2942, $$ LD
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