It’s always a revelation to me when I eat freshly made pasta. While I typically use dried pasta when cooking at home, there’s something about biting into freshly made pasta that’s almost dreamlike, especially when done well.
That was the case as I sat at the counter of Belotti Ristorante e Bottega digging into my […]Read the full post →
The story: Lungomare is a restaurant that opened up in the former Miss Pearl’s space in the heart of Oakland’s Jack London Square, specializing in Northern Italian cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. The restaurant is the bold gamble of owner Chris Pastena, who co-owns the nearby Chop Bar and Grand Tavern.
Why I went: Along […]Read the full post →
The story: Barlago opened several months ago in Oakland’s Adam’s Point neighborhood, in the space that for the longest time was the family-owned Zza’s Italian restaurant. This new reincarnation is by Philip Raskin, who has owned another longtime Oakland Italian restaurant Filippo’s in the Rockridge neighborhood.
Why I went: I was invited by the restaurant […]Read the full post →
I don’t usually find myself in Alameda, but I’ve had the chance to visit for dinner twice in the last four weeks. First it was tasting Shanghai soup dumplings at Ark, and last week it was pizza night at East End Pizza Co.
East End is at the beginning of the popular Park Street […]Read the full post →
The popular neighborhood Italian restaurant A16 has long established itself in San Francisco’s Marina District, and now its owners are setting their sights on Oakland – right smack in my Rockridge neighborhood.
I’m excited at the idea of this reputable restaurant – which launched the careers of chefs like Nate Appleman – being so […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: This restaurant closed in 2013 after less than a year.
Borgo Italia calls itself a bar and café, and at times it seems to be straddling the two identities, serving up an array of pastries behind a glass counter adjacent to a bustling bar scene at night.
The restaurant opened less than two months […]Read the full post →
Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver’s charity work probably began 10 years ago when he opened his Fifteen restaurant, named after the 15 under-privileged, unemployed young adults hired as apprentices and given a chance to find a career in the food industry.
Through the years more than 220 apprentices have worked in the kitchen (and […]Read the full post →
Since it opened more than a year ago, Cotogna has been a hot ticket in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square in the Financial District. Named by many as the hottest new restaurant in town, reservations online would often only be available at 3:30 p.m. I know, because I’ve been checking for the better half of […]Read the full post →
The team behind Beretta has created an empire, and they’re running like clockwork with its Marina outpost known as Delarosa.
Compared to the eclectic Beretta in the Mission and the cozy Starbelly in the Castro, Delarosa is like the new kid who’s also the show off in the family. Brass, bright, and proud, the spacious […]Read the full post →
California cuisine in this decade is all about fresh, seasonal ingredients with detailed nods to your local purveyors. In the heart of wine country, this message is clearly showcased in Oenotri, which opened in spring 2010.
Located in downtown Napa (same city as the other locavore-centric restaurant, Ubuntu), Oenotri is a modern […]Read the full post →
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