DeBartolo in Oakland on Grand Avenue?
Has anyone had a decent meal here? We SO wanted to love this place since it's in our neighborhood, but had a very mediocre meal recently. We were really turned off by a really "mayo" tasting Caesar salad and pizza that was OK but nothing to rave over.
Would love to hear from others who have been there and their thoughts.
On my first visit, it was so good I though it was going to be the next A Cote. Subsequent visits were less impressive, and on my last visit, I had a really awful pasta (the orechiette with squash, cavolo nero, and cream sauce). I haven't been back recently, but dishes that seem to be consistently good are the quail, the cauliflower soup, the fries, and the pizza with leeks, mushrooms, pancetta, and egg baked on top. Their drinks are always good (esp the margarita).
My wife and I ate there last night before going to the movies. We were pleasantly surprised with the food. The Caesar's was dressed in a very nicely tart dressing with lots of grated parmesan. I thought it was one of the better casear's that I've had. There was a nice portion of Romaine.
My wife had the mixed greens and really enjoyed the walnuts and dressing. IMO they could have increased the quantity slightly. But she was very happy with the salad.
We had the duck confit pizza which they made once we put the order in. The crust was perfect. It was crunchy and toppings were excellent. A lot of gorgonzola cheese nicely roasted garlic and mushrooms.
We had several nice glasses of the syrah.
The service was very good. Someone was being trained and we got very good service.
We are definitely going back. To us, it is one of the better places in that area to hang out.