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Pasta as Comfort Food, from Bellanico to Pizzaiolo

Our favorite comfort foods are often those that we ate as kids. So perhaps it’s no surprise that in the case of pasta—one of the all-time top comfort foods—many of Oakland’s favorite versions can be traced back to an old family recipe. We touched base with a few of the city’s Italian restaurants for the story behind their signature pasta dishes (hint: there are a lot of Italian mothers and grandmothers involved).
March 5, 2014

Build, East Bay Spice Company, Italian Colors, and Others Add Flowers to Food and Drink

You can and should eat the flowers making their way onto your dinner plate and into your highball glass.
March 5, 2014

Tah-Chin at Zand's

Tah-chin is an elegant, irresistible Iranian treat.
March 5, 2014

Review of the Bull Valley Roadhouse

Kristy looked radiant in her satin gown when I picked her up in my dad’s leased, lemon-chiffon Lincoln Continental. The luxury ride was less to impress—Kristy wasn’t my girlfriend; I was standing in for her boyfriend in the service—than to smooth out the long and winding ride to Port Costa for our pre-senior ball dinner at the Bull Valley Inn. This was back in the culinary dark ages, before the advent of California cuisine, when we called restaurants “fancy” not “upscale,” and a fancy restaurant served French or, more likely in the suburbs, “continental” cuisine.
January 2, 2014

Rotten City Pizza’s meatball sub proves better than a good slice.

Though Singing Pizza Elmo still greets you when you walk into Emeryville’s Rotten City Pizza, neither he—nor his anthropomorphic animatronic pizza—no longer dances while singing, “Yum-my, yum-my, that’s a pizza pie.” His fading, sun-bleached fur gives him a ghostly pink pallor, no longer the bright red of ripe tomatoes—a color now reserved for the roasted tomato sauce Rotten City uses on the meatball subs.
January 2, 2014

More trendy restaurants now offer special menus for kids.

Three-year-old Amber doesn’t like seafood. Six-year-old Tyler can’t cut steak. Ten-year-old Casey adores passatelli alla salsiccia but couldn’t possibly polish off a full $22 plate of it.
January 2, 2014

Adriatic mac and cheese sure to please at Troy.

Here’s a pop quiz. First question: What’s a synonym for comfort food?
January 2, 2014

Two spots to try in the Berkeley: Elmwood Cafe and Padi Restaurant.

When in Elmwood, drop in here for a bite.
January 2, 2014

This Month's New and Updated Dining Listings

Six restaurants Oakland Magazine has visited recently.
January 2, 2014

Review of the Bull Valley Roadhouse

Kristy looked radiant in her satin gown when I picked her up in my dad’s leased, lemon-chiffon Lincoln Continental. The luxury ride was less to impress—Kristy wasn’t my girlfriend; I was standing in for her boyfriend in the service—than to smooth out the long and winding ride to Port Costa for our pre-senior ball dinner at the Bull Valley Inn. This was back in the culinary dark ages, before the advent of California cuisine, when we called restaurants “fancy” not “upscale,” and a fancy restaurant served French or, more likely in the suburbs, “continental” cuisine.
January 2, 2014