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Michael Mina to open first Marin restaurant in Tiburon

There's big restaurant news in Ross, Mill Valley and Tiburon.

Former Mill Valley neighborhood gem, Tony Tutto pizzeria, is landing in the Ross spot that once housed Eddie's Market and, according to the Ark, Nicasio's Michael Mina will be taking over the Tiburon spot that housed Guaymas.

Tony Tutto owner Greg DiGiovine scored a spot on my five best pizzerias in Marin list in November 2016 and soon thereafter lost his lease at his nine-year old East Blithedale location. His search for a place to set Tony Tutto 2.0 took him to "over 100 spaces and places" before he connected with Ross locals Matt Nemer and Nick Mettler, who had taken over Eddie's in late 2016. The two had planned to eventually pass the baton to someone who could do the space justice and think DiGiovine can "take the store to the next level" by continuing the work they've done to establish a true community hub at 16 Ross Common.

DiGiovine is planning to open this "really sweet little spot" later this month. He'll offer his creatively topped, farmers market-focused pies and add ice cream and a few lunch items.

Another big change? "In Mill Valley, we were cash and check only for the entire nine years and this time, we'll be going to the 'dark side' and taking cards," he shared in a recent email. The menu will remain 100 percent vegetarian, half vegan and total farmers market organic." Beverages are no afterthought with more than 50 beers and ales and a curated selection of wine.

As for the new development that can be seen blossoming on the corner of East Blithedale and Sycamore avenues where Tony Tutto's once stood, an autumn opening is planned for a Marin outpost of San Francisco-based Le Marais Bakery.

Just down the road at 590 E. Blithedale Ave. at Camino Alto, La Boulangerie San Francisco has taken a stake in the former Gira Polli spot. This will be the ninth Bay Area location for the bakery and café founded by French baker Pascal Rigo.

As for the Guaymas space, Jamie Law, of the Mina Group, told the Ark newspaper that she couldn't provide a name, concept or opening date for the Michelin-starred chef's newest spot. Mina has restaurants in the Bay Area, Southern California, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami and other cities, but has never owned one in Marin.

In 2009, Mina said that if he opened a restaurant here, "it would be the quaint, family-style Italian restaurant that my wife, Diane, has always dreamed of opening and running."

Stay tuned for further details on all new Marin eateries.

More on the menu

The family-owned Miracle Mile Café is going beyond daily breakfast and lunch with a brand new dinner menu available from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Entrees include rack of lamb, filet mignon, halibut, pasta, ahi tuna, salads and Peruvian dishes.

Karen Garcia and her family took over the restaurant in January and have continued to add to the menu, paying special attention to the gluten intolerant with options like gluten-free calamari, fish and chips, beer and desserts.

The child- and dog-friendly café is at 2130 Fourth St. in San Rafael. For more information or to place an order for pick-up, go to miraclemilecafe.com or call 415-454-7700.

Ringing in autumn

It's a grand seasonal celebration under the stars at the Marin Art & Garden Center Harvest Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday with a locally sourced menu by organic caterer A Fork Full of Earth. Feast on multiple courses including arugula and pear salad with shaved Toscano cheese; halibut with brown butter capers; fresh herbs and sunflower sprouts; braised chicken Marbella with celery salad; creamy polenta with Madeira and caramelized onions, and crisp roasted Brussels sprouts with kabocha squash and red wine gastrique. Top it off with dark chocolate pot du crème with cardamom and poached Santa Rosa plums.

Tickets are $150 with multi-person discounts offered. Proceeds benefit the grounds and gardens of the Marin Art & Garden Center at 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Ross. Space is limited so sign up soon at magc.org or by calling 415-455-5260.

Sausalito Chili Cookoff

Con carne, veggie, verde ... you'll see it all at Saturday's 40th annual chili cook-off from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Dunphy Park hosted by the city of Sausalito.

The quest for the best covers three categories - judge's choice, people's choice and best booth - setting the stage for a festive family and dog-friendly day that includes music by bluegrass band Supermile and all the chili you can taste for $12. Awards are donated by Sausalito's Heath Ceramics. If chili is not your thing, the Volunteers in Public Safety are cooking hamburgers and hot dogs available for purchase along with margaritas, beer and wine.

For details, go to sausalitochilicookoff.com or call 415-289-4152.

Danish culinary delights

Dig into a delectable display of Danish fare at Saturday's 72nd annual Tivoli Festival at the Aldersly Retirement Community in San Rafael. The festival is free and open to all to come celebrate Danish heritage at this culturally diverse senior organization founded in 1921 by Danish immigrants.

"We are excited to share our European traditions with the community and hope that people can come and share in the festivities," says Gilbert Carrasco, Aldersly's executive director.

The gourmet food row includes bite-sized delicacies such as smørrebrød (roast beef and remoulade or shrimp and dill sandwich bites), pølser (Danish-style mini hot dogs), agurksalat (sweet pickled cucumber salad) and marinerede sild (pickled herring) as well as kettle-style potato chips, ice cream cones, Danish cheeses and cookies, and kransekake (Danish wedding cake).

Join in on the third floor of the Aldersly campus at 326 Mission Ave. in San Rafael in the Tivoli-inspired garden between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free parking and shuttle service is available at San Rafael High School. For more information, email Rachel Kaloian, director of development, at [email protected]

Leanne Battelle is a freelance food writer. Send her an email at [email protected] with your comments, food news or restaurant recommendations. Or you can follow the Marin dining scene at instagram.com/therealdealmarin.

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