Classics like spiedini, veal Siciliana and rack of lamb combine with the recent addition of pizzas baked in a wood oven shipped from Naples, Italy. The wine chosen must be Italian, and the dessert, tiramisu. Read more…
The owners furnished this storefront with a salvaged marble-top bar and old church pew seating. The affordable menu offers simple pasta, app and pizza preparations. Favorites: pan-fried gnocchi, grilled calamari and scallops, and penne with salsiccia.
The remodeled, refreshed former Stonefly is back to doing what the space was known for – brewing beer (try the Pomp & Pamplemousse Imperial IPA) and serving food (best bet: fried chicken).
An easy little east-of-Oakland spot to roll into for apps at the bar or a more organized affair in the cozy white-tablecloth dining room. Beer dinners are becoming Tess’ claim to fame. The cozy, private garden patio makes a lovely setting for a summer night.
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Bartolotta-owned and set in historic Lake Park Pavilion, LPB has the decorative elements of a fancy French farmhouse (copper, tasseled lamp shades). It??s as comfortable to eat at the bar as it is at a table in the warmly lit dining room facing Lake Michigan. Wherever you??re seated, try the steak tartare; salad topped with a fried, soft-boiled egg;? Dover sole; and mousse au chocolat.
Hot pot is the Chinese equivalent of fondue – a communal pot of broth set on a portable burner at the table, set to cook everything from meat to mushrooms.
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