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Culinary Institute of America graduate and Chef Kaitlynn Bauman, who has worked in some of San Francisco’s most hard-hitting restaurants, including Cotogna and Presidio Social Club, is opening her first full-service restaurant in the Marina this May.
Norcina — Italian for “female pork butcher” — will open next month at 3251 Pierce St., between Chestnut and Lombard streets.
Bauman, who previously ran Parlor 1255, a counter-service cafe in Levi’s Plaza, and a counter-service cafe version of Norcina in North Beach, has drawn inspiration from her experience in the Cotogna kitchen and kitchens and farms throughout Italy when crafting Norcina’s menu, which will feature sourdough Neapolitan-style pizzas and made-from-scratch pastas, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Reportedly, Bauman planned to open Norcina last year, but after the COVID-19 pandemic delayed construction, she decided to pivot to a more socially-distant set-up, shrinking the kitchen to make more space in the dining room, and planning for both indoor and outdoor seating.
Construction at Norcina is just about finished, and while no opening date has been announced, Bauman expects to be open by May 2021.