Owner: Lali Ghlonti
Phone: (415) 568-7772
Catering: Yes! Click here to learn more about the catering program of La Cocina.
About Lali’s: Get ready for your first taste of Georgian food – not the State, the Country! Hailing from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, Lali Ghlonti, founder of Lali’s, brings you tasty chicken blintzes, savory kidney bean spread, and Badridzani nigvzit – her favorite dish from home, sliced eggplant sautéed in a scrumptious walnut paste made with cilantro, coriander, balsamic, and fenugreek and topped with pomegranate seeds.
Lali moved to San Francisco from Georgia in 2004 to attend the Food Technology & Dining Services, and Baking and Pastry programs at San Francisco City College and make her dream of becoming a chef a reality. “Cooking is an addiction in Georgia,” says Lali, “And everyone has it.” When she’s not scouring Bay Area grocery stores for pomegranate molasses – a thick pomegranate sauce often combined with lamb or used in other hearty Georgian dishes, you might find Lali enjoying time with her family or adding to her small elephant collection for good luck! Her Georgian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean food is so good though, we don’t think she’ll need any luck!