David and Maddy Hung are a father-daughter team from San Francisco whose ancestral roots hail from Shanghai and Fujian, China.  David, a co-founder and CEO of Medivation, a San Francisco-based biotechnology company, first learned to cook from his mother, an accomplished chef, by spending many hours as a child in the kitchen witnessing her creation of delicacies such as steamed kumu with ginger and scallions and black mushroom-filled egg crepes.  David spent his first summer after Harvard studying with a chef from the Cordon Bleu and then, at night during the first two years of medical school, took a variety of cooking classes at the Epicures Cooking School and the California Culinary Academy.  Spawned by a fascination with the art and science of cooking, this educational quest has continued through countless cooking experiments over the last 2 decades.  However, his most successful experiment, kitchen or otherwise, is his daughter Maddy, now a senior at Lick-Wilmerding High School and headed to Harvard College as a freshman this fall.  Maddy’s passion for cooking manifested itself at the early age of 2 when, displaying a preference over watching Barney or Sesame Street, she would spend innumerable hours watching Jacques Pepin, Emeril Lagasse, and Martha Stewart create culinary masterpieces on TV.  Maddy’s fascination with dough started at age 5 when, assisted by her father, she created her first butternut squash ravioli with a sage white wine beurre blanc, and by age 10, she was entrusted by her grandmother with the family’s coveted pot sticker recipe.  But as much as she loves cooking, one of Maddy’s greatest passions in life is probably baking. She is never more serene than when she is up to her elbows in flour, eggs and butter creating any one of dozens of baking masterpieces.  Running a restaurant has been a dream of David’s and Maddy’s for many years, and so it is with great enthusiasm and a shared love for Italian cuisine in particular and cooking in general that they hope to bring you a unique and exciting culinary experience.


Restaurant Concept:

Noodles have been consumed in China since at least 2000 B.C.  A bowl with remarkably well-preserved yellow noodles found in a sealed earthenware bowl dated from that period was unearthed in the Laija archeological site on the Yellow River.  Reported in the September 2005 issue of Nature by a team sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the discovery means that noodles in China preceded pasta in Italy by at least 2,000 years. The origin of pasta is not known and has been variously attributed to the Chinese, Etruscans, Romans and Arab traders.  While boiled pasta is more likely to have reached Italy via the Arab world and the Silk Road between the 5th and 8th centuries, probably the most romanticized story of the introduction of pasta to Italy is through the famed Venetian explorer Marco Polo, even though documents from 1279, sixteen years before Marco Polo returned from China, show that Genoese soldiers were carrying pasta in their provisions.  Notwithstanding this fact, after having lived in China for nearly 17 years, it seems highly likely that Marco Polo would have introduced other foods from the Chinese to the Italians.  David and Maddy Hung have created an Italian menu with Chinese touches envisioning how Marco Polo might have incorporated various elements of Chinese cuisine into the cuisine of his motherland upon his return from China.

David and Maddy’s Menu


  1. 4-2-2012

    I would like to make a reservation for 8 on June 19th at 6:30 pm.
    Cell 650 315 5020

    • 4-2-2012

      Hi Lynn – Thanks so much for your interest. I will encourage David or Maddy get back to you. Until we are a bit closer to their appearance they are handling reservations. Thanks again.

      Scott Cameron

  2. 4-2-2012

    David and Maddy: What a wonderful adventure!

    I would love to make a reservation for dinner on Tuesday, June 26, for a party of 2. Is

    this the best way to make a reservation?

    I look forward to having dinner at Marco Polo

    Fran Dependahl
    415 601 9270 Cell

    • 4-2-2012

      Hi Fran – Thanks so much for your interest. I will encourage David or Maddy get back to you. Until we are a bit closer to their appearance they are handling reservations. Thanks again.

      Scott Cameron

  3. 4-2-2012

    I would like to make resrevations for 8 on June 20th at 7:00.
    Michelle Stanley
    415-407-4024 cell

    • 4-2-2012

      Hi Michelle – David or Maddy will be in touch.

  4. 4-2-2012

    What a wonderful concept! Congratulations David & Maddy!!!

    I would like to make a reservation on Wednesday, June 20th for the early seating for 6 people. Please let me know how I can go about doing this.

    Can’t wait to be a part of your fantastic endeavor!!

    all the best and Be Optimystic,

    Dick & Ann Grace

  5. 4-3-2012

    Dear David,

    You are amazing!!


  6. 4-3-2012

    Sounds like such a wonderful bonding experience for father and daughter. I would like to make two reservations: Saturday June 23rd at 6 pm for 2 people, and Saturday June 30th at 7 pm for 3 people (mom’s birthday)!

    Thanks so much!

    • 4-3-2012

      Dear Susanna,

      You are confirmed for both dates at the times you requested. If you have any problems, just email me directly at It will be great to see you!


  7. 4-3-2012

    What a wonderful concept, looking forward to an amazing meal!

  8. 4-4-2012

    Hi David:
    Please make a reservation for 4 people Thursday June 21st at 7 p.m. – the location is really near my house. I’m going to bring Lizzy (age 10) and her good friend who lives around the corner, Sophie, and Sophie’s mom Stephanie. thank you for sending me the announcement.


  9. 4-6-2012

    This sounds wonderful; may I make a reservation for two for Tuesday, June 26th for 6:30? I sent an email to DAVIDHUNG@MEDIVATION.COM as well but I did not put down the time, just the date.

    Thank you, I am looking forward to this.
    B. Sullivan

    • 4-8-2012

      Dear Barbara,

      I have you confirmed for 2 at 6:30pm on the 26th. I look forward to meeting you!


      • 4-9-2012

        Thank you

        Barbara and Rob

  10. 4-11-2012

    Dear Maddy and David,

    My husband and I would love to be a part of this experience. We can take a reservation for 2 any Monday/Wed/Frid night, just let us know what works best with what seems to be an already packed house.

    Amy Peterson and Ben Hornik
    cell 4153097960

  11. 4-23-2012

    Dear Maddy and David,

    This sounds great! We’d like to request a reservation for two for Saturday June 23 at 5:30, please. We’d love to taste that family recipe for potstickers, but look forward to anything you decide to offer. We look forward to meeting you.

    Jean Cassidy & Dennis Larsen

  12. 5-5-2012

    What a soooooper idea. Please book me for 3 people ( anywhere around 7 pm) for Saturday, June 23.

  13. 5-8-2012

    My birthday is June 20, I would like to know what you have available any time in June for like ten people. If you could email me that info so that I can schedule it would be so appreciated, hope to here from you soon.. Betty

  14. 5-10-2012

    Hi Maddy and David,

    As many people have already commented, the Italian-Chinese fusion concept is very interesting and I’d like very much to be able to try your concoctions. I’d like to make a reservation for 2 people on June 23, 2012 at 7pm. Please let me know if that is possible.


  15. 5-27-2012

    Dear Maddy and David,

    We’re following up on our message of April 23 to you. We haven’t received confirmation of our request for reservations on June 23 at 5:30. Would love to hear that we’re confirmed, but nervous we haven’t heard back yet.

    Dennis & Jean

  16. 6-12-2012

    I already sent a request for a reservation to the email address provided for David Hung (6/28 at 6:00 for party of 5), but I have a question that I have not seen in FAQ’s or asked in these comments. Does this restaurant have a bar? Or just beer and wine? Or even just wine to go with dinner? Thank you.

    • 6-13-2012

      Hi Dori – We do serve beer and wine. David and Maddy have chosen a couple of wines they feel go well with their food but we also have a selection of wines that we carry. We look forward to seeing you on the 28th.

  17. 6-29-2012

    Hi, David and Maddy:

    Thank you for an amazing dinner. The food was innovative and skillfully prepared. The father-daughter team work was the most impressive part. Of course, it was made even more special as we came by special invitation.


  18. 6-30-2012

    After your stint- 06/29 to 07/1/2012, when are you scheduled to perform
    as guest chefs again? Or do you have your own place where we can go?
    Thank you!

  19. 6-30-2012

    Is it too late to make a reservation for 3 on Sunday evening at 7pm? Preferably with seats nearer the cooking.


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