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Oliveto Cafe

5655 College Ave. (Shafter Ave.) Send to Phone
510-547-5356 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A neighborhood café inspired by the home kitchens, bakeries and farms of Italy.   Chef Jonah Rhodehamel of Oliveto Cafe is one of our 2013 Top 5 Rising Chefs in the U.S.
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Dining room at Oliveto Cafe, Oakland, CA

Oliveto Cafe Restaurant Review

: A floor below its more formal sister restaurant, the Café at Oliveto feels like a delicious respite from the bustle of Rockridge, which is all the more impressive given that several of its intimate tables actually sit outside on the edge of the sidewalk. A simple but satisfying menu from executive chef Jonah Rhodehamel provides seamless transition from café breakfast to panini lunch to informal dinner. All of the hot dishes --- from breakfast pizza to bread pudding --- emerge from the glowing mouth of the wood-burning oven that dominates the cozy, cave-like dining room. Roasted Brussels sprouts that manage rich nuttiness far beyond their size are just a few of the antipasti showcasing seasonal produce. It's easy to fill up on house-made salumi, but it's worth saving room for hot entrées such as pan-roasted rock cod with fregola, broccoli and salsa verde. Desserts include a fennel, lemon and vanilla bean budino with citrus tuile. And to wash it all down? Wine and cocktail selections show thoughtfulness and expertise, and it's hard to resist an espresso from one of the few Faema E61 machines in the world.

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