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Locanda da Eva in Berkeley

Locanda da Eva 2826 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley (510) 665-9601 Details:  Mostly Italian; emphasis on sustainability and local ingredients; dinner only; full bar and great wine menu; street parking and pay lot nearby              Locanda da Eva opened in Berkeley in … Continue reading

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Chicken Primitivo

Here’s a really easy braise to toss together for a group – or for two meals for a family of 4 or 5.  Although it works well with pasta, I often serve it with crusty Italian bread, which you can dip … Continue reading

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Tonina’s pignoli cookies

If I were being walked to my execution tomorrow morning and had to choose one type of cookie to eat tonight, it would be Italian pignoli (pine nut).  Soft in the middle and chewy outside with the strong flavor of almond paste that … Continue reading

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Pizza at Arinell in Berkeley

Matthew and I had a couple slices of pizza at the only decent New York City-style place in the area, as far as I’m concerned, Arinell (2109 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley).  They make thin crust Neapolitan pizza topped with simple, high-quality … Continue reading

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Semi-homemade pizza

I put together semi-homemade pizzas (two Caprese style and one a doctored-up focaccia) for a group today, using the following items:  1)  1 Tetra Pak (15 oz) of Italian tomato sauce 2)  1 small bunch of basil, washed and the … Continue reading

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Meatballs

Here’s my tip for meatballs – and, yes, it is my tip because I have been doing this for years even if others, like America’s Test Kitchen, only figured it out recently:  Don’t fry them before they go into the … Continue reading

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Chicken al mattone, or “under a brick”

The most delicious chicken dish in the universe is chicken al mattone, or chicken under a brick.  If you cook lots of chicken then I would purchase a mattone, which is a two-piece affair:  a shallow terracotta dish – kind … Continue reading

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Genova Deli in Oakland

Decent Italian deli in Oakland.  Why did we not know?  I’ll bet when we were told we dismissed the information because of how often we have been misled by people who have lame data points when it comes to certain … Continue reading

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Polenta ala Ina Garten

I made a great polenta dish today from Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten.  I love all of Ina Garten’s cookbooks because the recipes really work.  This is an older book – from 2002 – but I go back … Continue reading

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The Stinking Rose in SF and their bagna calda

At The Stinking Rose (325 Columbus, SF) they have an appetizer called ‘bagna calda.’  This is something I really like, so I make my own version at home all the time.  It tastes best with fresh garlic, but go ahead … Continue reading

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