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Berkeley: Fellini - vegan delight?

rworange Jul 10, 2008 10:43 AM

Today's review in the East Bay Express talks about the vegan / vegetarian freindliness of Fellini.

It does mention Fellini sells the vegan People's Donuts which ... vegan or not ... are some of the finest donuts in the Bay Area. I know that Cole's Coffee and Brown Sugar Kitchen also sell them.

Fellini also has "three vegan pizzas topped with soy bacon, soy mozzarella, soy pepperoni, and/or vegan sausage." However, the website lists over a dozen. Three are specifically vegan, but the others can be prepared vegan on request ... as are many of the other dishes marked with a 'v'.

There's vegan French Toast for brunch and vegan chocolate cake for dessert.

Another interesting fact was that on Monday all wine is $12 and there's no corkage fee on Tuesdays. The website says ... Every Thursday: All Soju Cocktails $3.00 ... Every Wednesday: All Pints $2.50/Pitchers $10.00

Looking at the menu on the Fellini website they have these vegan dishes which sound better than most vegan joints ... there are many, many ... many other vegan options on the menu

Sweet Corn with Ancho Chili Soup (V)
Beets with Blue Cheese and Basil (V) ... vegan blue cheese?
Roasted Vegetable Risotto (V)
Spring Vegetable Ragout w/Couscous (V)
Caesar Salad (V)
Fettuccine with Shiitake and Oyster Mushrooms (V)
Pasta Apulia (V)
Linguini alla Diavola (V)
Capellini Limone (V)
Vegan sorbettos ... Lemon, Raspberry, or Blueberry Pinot Noir
Tofu Pepper and Pesto Scramble
Vegan Breakfast Sausage Scramble
Vegan Florentine
Vegan Benedict
Also sides of vegan bacon, sausage, sour cream and cream cheese are available

They even have a vegan kid's menu.

The reviewer wasn't that enchanted with the place, but the tastes of this particular reviewer are seldom in sync with mine.

So is Fellini a place that vegetarians and vegans enjoy?

1401 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: rworange Jul 10, 2008 11:35 AM

    They're closed for vacation today, reopen tomorrow.

    The topic title is potentially misleading given that they serve fish and poultry. It's very vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, but discreetly so--the first time I at there it took me a while to realize that there was no red meat on the menu:


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      A Amore RE: rworange Jul 11, 2008 09:56 AM

      I have eaten at Fellini's numerous times, since it is a neighborhood location - and I have never, not once, enjoyed the food. The food is always mediocre, like disappointing takeout, and requires $2.50 draft beers to wash it all down. That being said, Fellini’s fills an important niche as a Berkeley restaurant that is relatively inexpensive – I just wish the food was the draw and not the price…

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        TopoTail RE: A Amore Jul 11, 2008 06:57 PM

        One Sunday evening about a year ago I set out to get some take out from Gioia, only to find it is closed on Sunday. I ended up ordering a margarita to go from Fellini. It was without a doubt the worst pizza I have tasted in years. What I mostly remember is the cheese, which was abundant, gummy, and tasteless. Really, really bad.

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        rahir RE: rworange Jul 11, 2008 04:19 PM

        I've been to Fellini's twice for brunch. As a veggie, I appreciate somewhere I can go with my friends, especially where, if they're omnivores they can still get their morning sausage while I down my vegan tofu benedict (with amazing vegan hollandaise sauce). The fresh squeezed OJ is a treat. The vegan french toast, though, is a let down. Somehow, the bread is just sort of heavy...

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          Robert Lauriston RE: rahir Jul 11, 2008 05:07 PM

          They have chicken-apple or soy breakfast links, no proper pork sausage.

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            rahir RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 12, 2008 12:46 PM

            Well, a vegan wouldn't care about "proper" pork sausage, right?

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              Robert Lauriston RE: rahir Jul 12, 2008 06:27 PM

              I was responding to "omnivores they can still get their morning sausage."

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                rahir RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 13, 2008 06:42 PM

                I got that. What I didn't understand was what that had to do with vegetarians and vegans enjoying Fellini. To us, all meat sausage is sausage. We don't care if it's pork, chicken-apple, turkey, etc.

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