Italian Restaurants in Berkeley


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  • Pasta Bene
    facet: Main type: Traditional locale: en_US title: Pasta Bene Restaurant facet_type_id: a6b4e3a0-5f39-1032-b73f-495548c7f967 html_text: The same year it launched its airy Telegraph Avenue outpost, Pasta Bene jumped onto the Bargain Bites 2010 list in the San Francisco Chronicle, which also praised its "friendly" service. Its family of owners, however, arrived with 20 years of experience behind the scenes of area Italian restaurants, meaning that its menu of stone-fired pizzas and hearty entrees leavened with California freshness came together naturally. In 13 pasta dishes, noodles entwine with slow-photosynthesized seasonal vegetables and rich tomato and cream sauces, while the dessert menu may suggest an easier choice with its house-made tiramisu, a customer favorite. Wooden rafters and iron chandeliers vault over the casual, sunlit dining room overlooking a street-side patio.
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    2565 Telegraph Ave
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Papa John's - East Bay
    The dough wizards at Papa John's hand toss circular masterpieces with original and thin crusts made from high-protein flour to support warm bouquets of toppings. Hand-cut produce crowns all of Papa John's pizzas, mingling with the sun-soaked sweetness of sauce made from fresh, California-grown tomatoes. By adhering to its brand promise of "better ingredients, better pizza," Papa John's grew from a back-tavern pizzeria into more than 3,500 restaurants within three decades' time, or the amount of time it takes to grow a single pizzeria from a small seed.
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    2222 Shattuck Ave
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Trattoria Corso
    Meet the Staff at Trattoria Corso Trattoria Corso takes advantage of the wealth of local produce in its home state to infuse traditional Italian cuisine with West Coast ingredients, creating a unique and flavorful dining experience. Read on to learn more about the brains behind the distinctive brand of fusion cuisine at this celebrated eatery: Chef Scott Eastman: The backbone of Trattoria Corso, Scott Eastman helps define not only the menu, but also the kitchen practices. In his opinion, one of the major ingredients missing from fine Italian cuisine in America is a more hands-on, old-world method of preparation. With this in mind, he makes the charcuterie in house, practices whole animal butchery, and crafts pastas from scratch each day. Executive Chef Wendy Brucker: Born the Bay area, Wendy Brucker split her childhood between the American West Coast and Italy. These trips to the European boot forged a lifelong love of traditional Italian food, inspiring her to eventually open her first Italian restaurant in 1994. Since then, she’s collected many awards and accolades, including feature articles in Gourmet Magazine and a three star rating from the San Francisco Chronicle. Wine Director Roscoe Skipper: Co-owner with Wendy Brucker, Roscoe crafts the eatery’s wine list. He’s worked in the industry for years, everywhere from Atlanta to LA. But to merely call his palate experienced doesn’t quite do him justice. He’s a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, and his distinctive wine lists have been recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine. Cocktail Steward Justin Sutton: A server turned mixologist, Justin Sutton studied with Nat Harry, an East Bay bartender of renowned skill. Justin also has a delicate touch for mixing drinks, as well as an appreciation for historical verisimilitude. He loves mixing old-style cocktails using old-style ingredients, which can be very hard to find (if they’re even made anymore, that is). These craft Italian-style liquors bring a lot of distinct flavors that no amount of mixers can emulate.
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    1788 Shattuck Ave
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Gioia Pizzeria
    Gioia Pizzeria Will and Karen Gioia passion for cooking has taken them everywhere from the coveted kitchens of Rick Bayless and Chez Panisse to rural France. But the breadth of their travels led them to a singular focus for their own restaurant: tradition. At Gioia Pizzeria, they prep thin-crust pies with locally sourced and sustainably grown ingredients and strive to recapture the flavors of Will's childhood in Brooklyn, which was spent surrounded by Italian relatives and recipes. Today, Will and Karen evoke the same familial spirit at their two locations: a casual countertop spot in Berkeley, and a spacious San Francisco restaurant lit by vintage fixtures. The San Francisco Bay Guardian differentiates the couple's pizzas from greasier East-coast variants, deeming them "New York-spirited, with hearty crust and California-fresh toppings." Pecorino and house-made Sicilian sausage sprinkles the salsiccia pizza, whereas the vegetarian butternut squash pizza derives its complex flavors from organic squash, mozzarella, gorgonzola, and gremolata. The Julian—a pizza named after Karen and Will's son—changes its ingredients seasonally, having sported prosciutto, red onion, and garlic in the past. The team's emphasis on homemade fare doesn't end at pizzas, either. They fill their sweet, ricotta-stuffed cannolis onsite and tap their own lemon trees to fill glasses with fresh lemonade everyday.
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    1586 Hopkins St
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Paisan
    Make your way to the table at Paisan, and chow down on swanky Italian cuisine. Easy-to-please items run throughout the menu — pizza and pasta are big here — so everyone can find a familiar favorite. It's best to save your lighter eating habits for another day, though, as low-fat is not featured on the menu here. Beer, wine, and more are also available from Paisan's extensive drink list. Paisan is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu. Paisan is the place to be for a celebratory happy hour. At Paisan, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about. Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Paisan. Paisan is a great location to host a group dinner. Your pooch is also welcome at the restaurant. Paisan is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). If you're strapped for time, take out food from Paisan. Paisan's diners can park in a nearby lot or on the street. Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Paisan has to offer. Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
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    2514 San Pablo Ave
    Berkeley, CA US
  • Giovanni's Caffe
    Fall head over heels for Giovanni's Caffe — this Italian hot spot is a fantastic spot for your next dinner date. For pizza or pasta just the way you like it, the restaurant offers quite the selection. Keep your diet in check at Giovanni's Caffe, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items. Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list. Free wifi is on hand here as well. Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Giovanni's Caffe for a group meal. Reserve a table in advance and steer clear of long wait times. Find a fancy dress for a fancy meal — Giovanni's Caffe's formal vibe is sure to impress. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Giovanni's Caffe offers catering. Your car or ours? You'll get the food either way via pickup or delivery. Street parking is always accessible for those dining at Giovanni's Caffe. It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Giovanni's Caffe. Night owls will be happy to hear that the restaurant is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
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    2420 Shattuck Ave
    Berkeley, CA US

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