Not your grandmother’s
Italian food

PRAIRIE is a modern Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s mission district from beloved Bay Area chef, Anthony Strong. Our roots are in classic, rustic Italian fare from Rome and Campania, but we love to let loose and experiment with an expanded pantry. You’re likely to discover surprising new ingredients that aren’t traditionally found in Italian cooking but have similar flavor profiles.

We believe food doesn’t have to look beautiful to be delicious, and sometimes ours will be downright unphotogenic. We hope you dig in before reaching to take a snapshot with your phone. Sit back, eat with your hands, enjoy yourselves and each other. We offer a full bar with original cocktails and creative takes on perennial classics like sparkling negronis and Toki whisky highballs on tap. Our wine list is primarily Italian with additional reserve selections found on our constantly updated Instagram @thereservelist. You can also find us @prairie. If you are wondering, the restaurant is named after the Chef/Owner’s high school punk rock band.  



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About chef/owner
Anthony Strong

PRAIRIE’s chef/owner, Anthony Strong, has been cooking up innovative and delicious eats in San Francisco for the past 12 years. Most recently, he started Young Fava, the first chef-driven, third party, delivery-only food concept of its kind. Working in partnership with services like Caviar, Doordash, Postmates, and UberEats, Anthony pioneered an innovative new business model that gives at-home dining the culinary attention it deserves. Among his many projects, he also started Cibi Cotti, an Italian dinner party inspired pop-up restaurant.

Anthony is probably best known for his decade-long stint as the former executive chef and creative director for the Delfina Restaurant Group. He opened the first Pizzeria Delfina on 18th Street in the Mission in 2006 and went on to lead and manage three other outposts in Pacific Heights, Burlingame, and Palo Alto. In 2011, Anthony opened Locanda, a Roman eatery also in San Francisco’s Mission district, where he was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand three years in a row. He also has spent time every year for the last decade working and traveling throughout Italy, particularly in Rome and Campania.

Prior to falling in love with Italian cuisine, Anthony cut his teeth at the revered, three-star Michelin French restaurant, Le Bernardin, in New York City and in kitchens throughout Minneapolis, where he initially dropped out of high school to pursue his love of cooking. You can find him on Instagram @anthonystrong.