District made a name as a wine bar when it opened almost 10 years ago in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood close to Mission Bay and a stone’s throw from AT&T Ballpark.
While it still draws the crowds, it now can’t be referred to as a wine bar after it got its full liquor license a […]Read the full post →
The story: The Starr Restaurant Group, which has brought splashy restaurants to Manhattan like Morimoto and Buddakan, opened Upland on Park Avenue South, featuring a menu designed by California native Chef Justin Smillie, who first got attention as executive chef at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria.
Why I went: While vacationing in New […]Read the full post →
The story: Marzano was a popular neighborhood pizza place in Oakland’s Glenview district that closed in 2014 (a version of Marzano also opened in Rockridge, but that also closed). The Glenview location was replaced briefly by a British pub called The Growlers’ Arms, but when that closed last fall, the Marzano owners – who still […]Read the full post →
The story: Jon Darsky’s beautiful pizza truck has been drawing crowds since it hit the road in 2012, often with long waits for the Neapolitan-style pizzas coming out from the Italian wood-fire pizza oven (yes, the truck is equipped to carry a heavy pizza oven). While the truck still makes appearances around town, you can […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: The restaurant closed in April 2016 for financial reasons.
The story: Caputo is a new Italian restaurant serving up Neapolitan pizzas and the typical seasonal-focused dishes in the space that was once the temporary spot for Slanted Door before it moved to the Ferry Building. Chef/partner Sam Ramadan has worked for sister restaurants in […]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 →
Wine country has a bounty of first-rate restaurants for dining. But when I was looking for a lunch option during my recent Presidents’ Day weekend in Napa Valley, I found some of the buzzworthy places were only opened for dinner.
Still, you can count on something spectacular in Yountville – which in […]Read the full post →
There are tons of thin-crust pizza options these days, so how does a pizza restaurant break out from the pack? Add a waterfront view and outdoor patio.
That’s the winning formula for the relatively new Forge Pizza in Oakland’s Jack London Square. The spacious restaurant has outdoor seating equipped with fire pits for the cool […]Read the full post →
Oakland’s Jack London Square has been hoping for a revival, and it’ll probably be the many new restaurants opening in this waterfront area that will save the day.
So it’s only fitting that the area was the featured neighborhood of last night’s Dishcrawl, a food event that guides food lovers around four mystery restaurants in […]Read the full post →
The most stylish debut at the San Francisco food mecca aka the Ferry Building in recent years goes to Bouli Bar, which opened last month with an eye-catching decor that looks like something out of a hotel lobby.
Bouli Bar is the next generation of Boulettes Larder, the popular brunch spot that’s been in the […]Read the full post →
Shelley Lindgren and Victoria Libin brought their upscale Italian concept A16 to Rockridge last month, infusing a bit of urban charm to the southside of College Avenue.
With a successful original restaurant in SanFrancisco’s Marina district and a Tokyo outlet, Lindgren and Libin’s Oakland outpost has a contemporary and refreshed decor, almost gutting out the […]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 →
It’s a real crime that I’ve only dined at Pizzaiolo just once since it opened more than seven years ago, especially because it’s right down the street from my Oakland apartment.
But that’s the life of food blogging when I’m always looking for the next great restaurant. It leaves me little room to visit regular […]Read the full post →
Del Popolo is a food truck taken to a whole other level. In fact, it’s not even technically a truck but a shipping container fashioned into a mobile pizzeria and equipped with a 5,000-pound wood-burning oven custom-made in Naples, Italy.
And behind the wheels (figuratively, if not literally) is Jon Darsky, former opening pizzaiolo for […]Read the full post →
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