Lo Coco's Promises Local Ingredients, Family Feel
Filipo Lo Coco started his namesake restaurant in 1988. Three weeks ago he sold it to Steve Stragnola and his son Michael. Their vision? Keep everything that's made Lo Coco's a mainstay of downtown San Anselmo while adding their own twist.
"Things are pretty much going to stay the same," Steve reiterates."The menu, pizza and our famous dough -- all the same. All the things that made this place popular aren't changing."
Steve's son Michael, with a background in culinary pursuits, does have a few variations he wants to make to the kitchen.
"We want to utlize local ingredients, and encourage local sourcing."
Michael explained that it's hard to supply a pizzeria with solely local ingredients, with the need for items like canned tomatoes, but that he's committed to localizing his pantry to whatever extent possible. He also intends to offer roast chickens, and to work with companies like Strauss Creamery, all in the name of improving the Lo Coco's experience.
While Steve acknowledges the inherent costs of local products, he asserts that his restaurant stands behind the axiom that good food should be affordable. He wants Lo Coco's to be known as a family place, upscale only in its flavor and presentation.
Readers can also look forward to outdoor seating, acoustic guitar on select nights, lunch service and more as Lo Coco's continues to improve.
Menu Suggestions for Film Night in the Park in Fairfax
Last week we highlighted some logical places to score a meal before heading to Creekside Park for a summer movie. Now we turn our focus to Fairfax, with an emphasis on utensil-free, tasty fare at a variety of eateries open late enough to feed you before a movie at Fairfax Central Field.
(open until 10pm daily)
Let's get the obvious out of the way. Ice cream and a movie on a hot night is what summers were made for.
(open until 9pm Fri & Sat)
Cheeseburgers and fries are always a safe bet if you want to treat yourself and need to grab food quickly before the opening credits.
(open until 8:30pm Fri & Sat)
Burritos, tacos or even just an agua fresca are all solid selections for a tacqueria twist to your viewing experience.
(open until 6:00pm Fri & Sat)
Fancy sandwiches with a side of java might just be what the doctor ordered. If you're feeling a little groggy after a Friday workday, but determined to catch a Film Night flick, head to Fair Fix to refuel ahead of the show.
TCBY No More
In name, at least.
Readers have noticed that TCBY is now San Anselmo Yogurt. makes mention that the owner of TCBY was putting his franchise for sale on Craigslist because he was moving out-of-state.
Did the San Anselmo Yogurt folks make a big Craigslist investment? What's changing? All those answers and more in the next installment of The Scoop!
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