SAN FRANCISCO-April 9, 2003 -Philippe Padovani, chef and owner of famed Padovani's Restaurant & Wine Bar in Honolulu, has opened his first San Francisco restaurant of the same name at the former location of the M Point in the Hotel Milano.
"I want everybody to feel relaxed and comfortable," says Padovani
, who (like his
exhibition kitchen) is open and warm.That's another Hawaiian import diners can look forward to: Padovani's tremendous sense of hospitality.
In the planned enclosed wine bar area, he
will employ a state of the art Cruvinet system (that prevents oxidation of the wine) to offer 64 wines by the glass."I do this partly for the winemakers.I have so much respect for what they do," says the 49-year-old Padovani
plans to showcase small local California vintners, as well as standouts from France, Italy and Australia along the 14-foot wine wall.He
welcomes diners with their own special bottles to call ahead and let him know, so that he
can craft a special menu around it.The Cruvinet will be installed in early summer, 2003.Padovani
, who lives two blocks away from the restaurant, likes to keep things in the family.His
wife, Pierrette (who honed her
classical service craft in the dining rooms of Michelin-starred restaurants), is general manager and director of operations.Pierre, his
brother, is the pastry chef and co-owner of the Honolulu restaurant, and personally oversees production of Padovani's Fine Chocolates.Designer Michael Brennan-known for his work with Dine, Julia, and La Table-has brought an inviting energy to the urbane setting, with a design that is spare yet warm, set against sumptuous earthy greens and rich caramels.