In more than a quarter-century, Linguini's Restaurant has become one of the most beloved Italian spots in the Bay Area, catering for the Oakland Raiders and the Golden State Warriors, and even whipping up Thanksgiving dinner for Southwest Airlines. In fact, the restaurant's popularity?buoyed by its exceptionally extensive menus and perpetual status as homecoming king?have caused it to split in two. Side-by-side, Linguini's has one eatery devoted to a classic pairing (beer and pizza) while committing a second to the finer things in life (vino and pasta).?
The pizza menu leans casual, with options such as patty melts and baby-back ribs in addition to microbrews and specialty pies such as the Popeye: chicken, mushrooms, and plenty of spinach. The pasta menu, on the other hand, is decidedly more elegant?linguini vongole entangles clams and white onions in a light cream sauce, and a 12-ounce filet sits beneath shallots and burgundy wine. In fact, wine is a huge part of this menu, as the restaurant has curated a list with dozens of Italian, French, and Californian varietals.
Contemporary Italian cuisine can be found at Spettro. Vegan options are also available for those who avoid meat and dairy products. Don't go without drinks at dinner — Spettro is BYOB, so make sure to grab a bottle of your own for the table. Spettro also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question. Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at Spettro just as much as mom and dad.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation. Spettro tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience. Getting your food to go is also an option. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Spettro offers catering.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the restaurant's adjoining lot.
Spettro is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
For pasta with a twist, try Italian Colors Restaurant, a stylish spot for Italian cuisine. No need to miss out on Italian Colors Restaurant just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has loads of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. The drink list at Italian Colors Restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). Bring the whole clan to Italian Colors Restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here. Al fresco eating options are also available at Italian Colors Restaurant, which offers a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table. Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in Italian Colors Restaurant for catering. Or, take your food to-go.
Guests can park for free in the adjoining lot.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Reserve a table for two! Filippo's specializes in intimate Italian cuisine for those looking to add some romance to dinner. Low-fat foods are not on the menu at Filippo's, though, so plan to indulge a bit. Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from Filippo's' full bar. Filippo's is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along. Filippo's can easily accommodate large groups or parties. Free wifi is on hand here as well. The patio seating at Filippo's is perfect for those warm summer days.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Filippo's also offers catering.
Street parking is provided for those dining at the restaurant's College Ave location.
Your bill at Filippo's will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
Win her over on your next dinner date — Milano Restaurant Oakland is an ideal date spot for those who heart Italian cuisine. Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Milano Restaurant Oakland's menu does not offer low-fat options. Order a bottle for the table if you like — Milano Restaurant Oakland has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more. At Milano Restaurant Oakland, kids of all ages are welcome. Patio tables and chairs are ready for Milano Restaurant Oakland diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from Milano Restaurant Oakland.
Street parking is provided for those dining at the restaurant's Grand Ave location.
Prices at Milano Restaurant Oakland typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
This is the cool kid…sorry, Cool Kid, place to be. Dopo creates the environment of an authentic Italian deli with a cool California air. Its red awning, bright yellow walls, and fresh ingredients will having you coming back again and again. They know what they do and they do it well: antipasta panini, and pizza. The antipasti menu includes Italian delicacies such as their insalata of tuna with sun-dried tomatoes, capers, and olives. Or, the cauliflower soup, pistachio, rapini, and eggplant. The panini and pizzas are both made with high-quality meats, cheeses, and vegetables. You can go from the classic mozzarella and fresh basil all the way to roast beef, aioli, and chicories. Wash it all down with an adult beverage from their extensive, and well-curated, wine and beer list.