San Francisco, CA
Tony Gemignani and Laura Meyer
Women in Pizza Ambassador / Certified
Address: 641 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA
Online Ordering: https://sfcapos.com/menu/#
“I want Capo’s to feel like a neighborhood place that’s been here for years, while also transporting guests to a moment in time when Italian-American cuisine began to form its roots in our culture.”
– Tony Gemignani
Celebrating classic Detroit & Chicago pizza with an emphasis on authenticity and quality of ingredients, the menu dishes up favorites like true Detroit pizza cooked in a 10×14 pan and our Chicago pizza is served on four types of crust: Deep Dish, Cast Iron Pan, Stuffed, and Cracker Thin. Each Chicago style is made with Ceresota Flour from one of the oldest mills in Chicago. House specialties include the house-made Calabrese sausages; freshly made pasta Mostaccioli and Ravioli.
The bar program started with mixologist Elmer Mejicanos and offers a full cocktail list specializing in whiskey. Guests ordering the signature Chicago Cocktail with cognac, Cointreau, prosecco and angostura bitters, may be rewarded with a wooden token dispensed from the antique cash register that can be used for $1 off the next purchase of The Chicago Cocktail.
World renowned artist Jeremy Fish designed both Chicago & Detroit logos that are on the pizza boxes.
Gemignani’s eye for perfection is apparent not only through the food and beverage program, but also in the restaurant’s space, from the cork floors to the hand-painted tin ceiling to the one-of–a-kind Prohibition-style memorabilia. Tony has always owned and showed classic cars since he was sixteen. He restored a 1950 chop-top Mercury built in honor of Capo’s. Original 1950’s and 60’s hubcaps are hanging on the walls along with an original Detroit teamster 299 jacket and authentic pictures of Jimmy Hoffa.
Gemignani worked alongside of Neapolitan born carpenter Ricardo Jacobus, who constructed the handcrafted Art Deco-inspired bar. To both pay tribute to the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary and Gemignani’s admiration of the city’s history, the bar incorporates design elements resembling the bridge’s bottom piers. The dining room pays tribute to infamous Detroit and Chicago mobsters: The dining room pays tribute to infamous mobsters. Tony Zerilli and Tony Accardo from Detroit, Anthony Giacalone (Tony Jack), Frank Nitii, Jim Colosimo, and of course, Al Capone from Chicago. The Capone booth features rare, personal items owned by Capone in his heyday, like poker chips from the Chicago Mob’s illegal gambling house, match books, whiskey bottles and a 35mm film reel of old Capone footage. Other antique items include an original 1930’s National-brand brass cash register, a functioning 1930’s telephone booth, original prints from The Chicago Tribune and Detroit Press. Original images starting from the 1930’s can be found from the Detroit Motor City, Chicago’s Little Italy, Worlds Fair, and FBI arrests. A restored panoramic painting of Adolf Restaurant housed in the Capo’s space in the 1960’s and discovered by Gemignani in the walls during the building’s restoration. Gemignani’s attention to detail continues into the open kitchen pizzas and pastas, and two brick ovens heated to different degrees to bake multiple layers of Detroit, Chicago-style pies and other classic retro dishes.