Volta to Open Soon in San Francisco

Restaurateurs Umberto Gibin and Staffan Terje, owners of the acclaimed Perbacco and barbacco, are collaborating on a new restaurant, Volta, a modern brasserie slated to open mid-December. Volta will offer a menu that pays homage to France and draws from Chef Terje’s Scandinavian heritage, alongside carefully-selected wines and beers, classic cocktails and housemade aquavit. The talented team is excited to bring a welcoming and lively space with approachable, high-quality cuisine to the growing SOMA Downtown neighborhood.

Staffan Terje will lead the kitchen as Executive Chef along with a team including Keven Wilson as Chef de Cuisine; who has worked in the kitchen with Terje for the past three years at Perbacco. Igor Poletti will be the Assistant General Manager and brings with him a passion for providing friendly, quality service. Lead Bar Manager, Zachary Gray, will oversee the bar menu which will focus on classic cocktails. Wine veterans Tristan Pitre, who comes from the highly-acclaimed Acadia in Chicago, and Kevin Born, who comes from Soby’s New South Cuisine in Greenville , SC where he won a Wine Spectator award for best wine list, will oversee the wine program under direction from Gibin as Co-wine Directors.

The Food: Rooted in French Tradition with Influences from Scandinavia

Staffan Terje has created a very personal menu that represents the culmination of his vast experience cooking and traveling. As a result of his commitment to using local, seasonal ingredients, Staffan will offer a creative, innovative menu that is ever-changing.

Staffan grew up on his grandfather’s farm outside of Stockholm, Sweden, where he discovered his passion for food and eating. After moving to the United States and a three-year stint in Florida, Staffan joined Piatti Ristorante in Yountville, Napa Valley before ending up in San Francisco where he spent seven years at the famed Scala’s Bistro. In 2005, Staffan and his business partner, Umberto, opened Perbacco and four years later, barbacco eno trattoria, next door. Their latest endeavor, Volta, means a change in direction in Latin and represents a turning point from Italian cuisine. Terje’s heritage combined with his classic French training will be showcased through the menu at Volta that presents dishes with Scandinavian influences that are traditional, yet transformed in a more contemporary way. The menu will feature sections such as shellfish, classic brasserie selections and older styles of Swedish charcuterie, cold and hot appetizers, and entrees broken. Joining Staffan and Keven is Pastry Chef Laura Cronin who will be overseeing the dessert program at Volta, in addition to her dessert menus at Perbacco and barbacco. Cronin has been recognized as a Rising Star Pastry Chef by the San Francisco Chronicle, a nominee for Outstanding Pastry Chef by Food & Wine magazine, and acknowledged in Zagat’s 30 Under 30 in 2013.

The Bar: Classic Cocktails, Housemade Aquavit & Thoughtful Wine List
Lead Bar Manager, Zachary Gray, has created a distinct beverage program that is centered on hand-crafted seasonal, classic cocktails. Gray brings a wide array of expertise and a commitment to using high-quality spirits with excellent ingredients. The menu will also feature Staffan’s housemade aquavits that can be enjoyed with Swedish dishes and they will also find their way into cocktails. The thoughtful and extensive wine list created by Born and Pitre will be predominately French wines with an emphasis on the Rhone Valley, Loire Valley and South of France. Wines from Austria, Germany and Italy will also be represented, along with wines from California, the Northwest and growing areas such as Virginia. Selections of imported beers and craft brews are also available, both by the bottle and on tap.

The Design: Modern & Welcoming
CCS Architecture has again partnered with Umberto Gibin and Staffan Terje to design their third restaurant, Volta. Volta will offer a modern European brasserie experience comprised of crafted materials and sophisticated lines. The restaurant façade is flanked by high windows and inside, a soaring wood plank ribbon wall wraps the mezzanine level dining and links it to the bar and main dining area below. A tall, illuminated back bar display against the storefront glass provides intrigue and a beacon to the street. Continuous millwork display shelving faces the kitchen. Seating is sectioned into three distinct areas defined by the low walls of wood panels, metal and glass, with banquettes and unique seating types to create a variety of experiences.

The composition of the materials is a mix of traditional brasserie elements including patterned tile flooring, art glass, and brass accents. These materials are played against warm modern materials like gray French oak, bronze mirror and blackened steel. The angled bar counter and monolithically formed die wall are made from cast concrete. Large hanging pendants with precise geometric lines fill the space, alongside richly patterned hexagonal concrete tiles to round out the experience. The overall mix of elements creates a sophisticated modern brasserie soon to be San Francisco’s newest restaurant destination.

Volta will be open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Volta is a modern brasserie from the award-winning team, restaurateurs Umberto Gibin and Staffan Terje, who also own San Francisco’s acclaimed Perbacco and barbacco in the Financial District. The restaurant offers a menu that pays homage to France with Scandinavian influences, drawing from Chef Staffan’s heritage, alongside classic cocktails and housemade aquavits. Designed by Cass Calder Architects, the restaurant features a striking interior with varied dining spaces that include large booths and semi-private spaces on a mezzanine level overlooking the main dining room ensuring a lively and convivial atmosphere. Volta is located at 868 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103 and in close proximity to Downtown, South of Market, the Westfield Centre, and the Moscone Convention Center. The restaurant is open daily from 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.voltasf.com or follow Volta on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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