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A16 or ZeroZero

I really like the pizza at Gialina or their sister restaurant Ragazza. And the non pizza food items are very good too. Also like Zero Zero and will be going there Friday with some fellow Dodgers fans.

Jul 26, 2012
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

Napa crowds & timing

Very good point. The other big race, I think, is the NHRA race which is happening this weekend. (July 27-29).

I have found the crowds, from a winery perspective (in Napa and Sonoma) to thin a bit post Labor Day. But I worked at appt only wineries. The real slow down is post mid late October until about Spring break.

Jul 25, 2012
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

Napa crowds & timing

That's post Labor Day so crowds in Napa on the weekend shouldn't be a big deal. What should be of more concern is that some of the smaller Sonoma Cty wineries may not be open early in the week, while their Napa counterparts are generally open 7 days per week.

Jul 23, 2012
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

College Graduation Dinner for 14 People in East Bay

Pizzaiolo will do large groups with enough notice. However, the "set" menu is family style - salad, pasta course and all you can eat pizza. You can add other selections off the menu at additional cost though.

I've done large groups at Camino too which would be the upper end or maybe just above your range. Limited menu as well.
Gather in Berkeley will do large groups as well but haven't tried them for a big group.

Jun 05, 2012
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

SF treats that ship well

Salumi from Boccalone or chocolate from Recchiuti?

Mar 06, 2012
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

seeking feedback on ideas for casual(ish) setting w/outstanding food. early 30 somethings reconnecting.

Cool - I've just given up on them unless Traci and I are going strictly for the mussels and fries.

Mar 06, 2012
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

Banh beo & banh cuon, Tay Ho, Oakland - any reports?

The owner, whose mother does the cooking, is fairly young and she happens to like wine...and being a supporter of the east bay, well, Urban Legends. The Urban Legend wines are pretty good across the board. And very nice folks too.

I've only eaten here once, but did have a conversation with the owner about her love of Urban Legends Rose...which Traci and I loved too.

We keep meaning to go back together - Traci's been back a few times with some of her friends.

Mar 06, 2012
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

seeking feedback on ideas for casual(ish) setting w/outstanding food. early 30 somethings reconnecting.

Went to Haven again last night and I'd say check it out. Quieter than Wood Tavern (which I love btw), more creative food and easier to get into plus a much larger bar. Meal last night rocked.

I like A Cote but really only for the mussels/fries. The rest of the menu, the last two or three times I have been, has been really average.

Mar 06, 2012
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

Food at The Trappist in Oakland

Good question. I think they do Tacos one night. But I have never eaten the food there.

I would start there with a beer or two and roll over to Plum after

Aug 06, 2011
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

great sushi in the Bay area?

Hana Japanese in Rohnert Park is my favorite in the region by far. Otherwise, i go back home to So Cal for really good Sushi.

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Hana Japanese Restaurant
101 Golf Course Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Aug 05, 2011
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

Pizza Pilgrimage to Bay Area

Third on Emilia's.

Aug 04, 2011
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

Pizza Pilgrimage to Bay Area

We've gotta try East End. Heard very good things about it from someone else too.

Aug 04, 2011
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

Pizza Pilgrimage to Bay Area

I guess I do find it a bit more casual than Pizzaiolo. But correct on the reservations.

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Pizzaiolo
5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Aug 04, 2011
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

Pizza Pilgrimage to Bay Area

I would add Gialina in SF and you could substitute Boot and Shoe Service (Pizzaiolo's more casual eatery).

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Gialina
2842 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

Boot and Shoe Service
3308 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

Aug 04, 2011
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

Russian River Chow?

Would agree with Wildflower Bakery. Well inside your 45 min radius.

Jul 28, 2011
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

Girls Weekend in Napa - need help with restaurant and winery list

I would consider the following wineries:

Outpost Winery (Howell Mtn appt only) - terrific Cab, Zin, Petite Sirah and Grenache
Sherwin Family (Spring Mtn Appt only) - terrific Cab
Smith Madrone (Spring Mtn appt only) - Cab and a very good domestic Riesling plus a bit quirky

Lagier Meredith (Mt Veeder appt only - terrific Syrah and Rose of Syrah

Seavey (Silverado Trail/St helena) - Cab, chardonnay. Great tasting

Phelps is a very good option. Wide range of wines and beautiful patio.

in Yountville Kapcsandy makes terrific but pricey wines. Appt only

Restaurants - skip Fish Story. Just ate there and boring. Same with Angele.

Morimoto and Oentri great options.

If you do feel like going a bit further north, head to Yountville for Bottega or any one of the Keller properties.

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Bottega
6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

Morimoto
610 Main Street, Napa, CA

Jul 26, 2011
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurants/Markets in Oakland Chinatown

Big fan of Shan Dong as well. And they never charge me corkage!

Jul 15, 2011
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area

Thinking of Leaving SF for Berkeley or Oakland. Crazy?

We live in Rockridge near College and Claremont Ave's and love it. Here's our list of stuff, much of which has been covered.

Grocery/Speciality Items:
Safeway
Ver Brugge (meats/sausage/limited but fresh fish selection)
Pasta Shop (specialty food items/prepared foods/specialty cured meats and a great cheese selection)
Market Hall (pasta shop is located in Market Hall) - there is Enzo's Meat market and Hapuku Fish Shop
Yasai Produce - basically a corner grocery where I fall out of bed and pick up fresh herbs/fruit and veggies
Star Grocery - has a meat/deli counter in the back

Restaurants
Wood Tavern
Marzano's/Garibaldi's
Somerset
A Cote
Citron
Marica Seafood
Oliveto/Oliveto Cafe
Zachary's for deep dish pizza

And nearby in Temescal
Pizzaiolo
SR24 (haven't been yet)
Bakesale Betty
Lanesplitter's

and nearby on Piedmont (walkable if you are more south Rockridge): Dopo, Adesso, Commis, Gregoire, Bay Wolf.

And there are a host of interesting Korean restaurants within a couple of miles. We're close to downtown Oakland and places like Shan Dong with great pork buns.

Wine Shops
Wine Mine (on Telegraph)
Paul Marcus Wines (in Market Hall)
Vintage Berkeley (actually a little north in Elmwood neighborhood but easy 10 min walk)
Wines on Piedmont (on Piedmont Ave)

Bars:

The Graduate - cheap drinks and free popcorn (definitely divey)
Walt & George
McNally's
Barclays - decent bar food and great selection of microbrews
Wood Tavern - for cocktails plus you can eat normal menu at bar

Plus we are close to BART, close to the freeway (hwy 24)...housing is definitely a little more expensive around here though.

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Pizzaiolo
5008 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Dopo
4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

Bakesale Betty
5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

A Cote
5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Vintage Berkeley
2113 Vine St, Berkeley, CA 94709

Wood Tavern
6317 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

Paul Marcus Wines
5655 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Wine Mine
5427 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Bay Wolf Restaurant
3853 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

Marica Seafood Restaurant
5301 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Enzo's
8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

Adesso
4395 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA

Commis
3859 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611

SR24
5179 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Mar 29, 2010
TonyVelebil in San Francisco Bay Area