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A neighborhood café inspired by the home kitchens, bakeries and farms of Italy.


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Oliveto Cafe, Oakland, CA


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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 chef Brian Griffith 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 worth saving room for hot entrées such as spit-roasted chicken, or baked pastas or pizza. Desserts include cinnamon-cardamom bread pudding with caramel sauce. 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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