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.