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.
Few restaurants taste like home, and fewer make you feel like you’re home. Welcome to Lo Coco’s! Here, diners love the cozy setting, the authenticity of Lo Coco’s Italian dishes and of course, the friendly service. Their pizza is a family favorite for many who like to make this little pizzeria their ‘default Italian place’. And, just like the rest of their food, few people have anything bad to say about the calamari steak. It isn’t just the delicious Italian food that makes this place memorable. Regulars love Maria, the owner, and the personable staff members that strive to make their diners not only feel comfortable, but like a member of the family! The amazing food and memorable service make Lo Coco’s Authentic Sicilian Style Restaurant and Pizzeria a must for visitors and residents alike.
While Arizmendi may be known as a bakery, it doesn’t limit itself to your standard line of baked goods. Arizmendi offers pizza, vegetarian and vegan options, as well as gluten free goods of all kinds. Other specialties include coffee and cheese. Arizmendi takes baking to new levels while focusing on flavor and nutrition rather than solely on the sweet. With breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours, Arizmendi can satisfy your craving for baked goodness any time of day. And with coffee, cheese, and other options available, a tasty and healthy meal can be had day or night. All Arizmendi locations are operated as a cooperative so you can be sure that the Arizmendi you visit meets with each employee’s high standards.
Two words: deep dish. Two more? Stuffed crust. Thus is the attitude of Chicago pizza. Put them together, and in comes Zachary’s where they serve great personality alongside amazing—one-of-a-kind pizzas. And, for those of you who are not yet ready to take the plunge into cheesy-amazing-delight, there is also a classic, thin-crust, option. You’ll find Zachary’s on a corner in Oakland with red terra-cotta tiled roof; it is a perfect meld of Midwest and West Coast. Chicago’s warm personality with California’s actual warmth. There is a wonderful history to the place, established in 1983, and a cheerful ambiance proving that Zachary’s is multi-award-winning for good reason!
Four Star Pizza’s masterful pie artisans dole out steamy slices of pizza loaded with tomato sauce and melted mozzarella to complement hot sandwiches, wings, and baked italian pastas. Specialty pizza creations include an all-meat smorgasbord of pepperoni, beef, and canadian bacon and a greek pizza loaded with marinated artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and ancient philosophical texts. Chefs make pies to-order daily in seven sizes, from the personal 8-inch pie to a massive 24-inch replica of a Roman chariot’s wheel.
The cooks at Lanesplitter bake up a menu of New York–style pizzas and pocket-like calzones, and bartenders at the three pub locations pour a large selection of microbrews. An army of nearly 30 meaty, veggie, and vegan toppings stands ready to occupy thin neapolitan or thick sicilian crusts in combinations such as the herbivore's spinach, mushrooms, onions, and olives ($23.50 for a 19-inch) or the garbage pie's heaping mélange of spiced meats and crisper-drawer items ($27.50 for a 19-inch). The bar's taps have recently flowed with Racer 5 by Bear Republic, E.J. Phair's doppelbock, and hand-pumped Bombay by Boat IPA from Moonlight Brewing Company. Some locations host art openings, where diners and drinkers may admire photography, paintings, or mosaics made entirely of anchovies.