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Mar 12, 2009 06:09 PM

Adesso - Oakland

The Dopo spinoff Adesso (the place that had the Scopa sign in the window for months) is finally open. Opening special, free food if you buy a drink.

4395 Piedmont, corner of Pleasant Valley, 601-0305.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      adding a link...

      4395 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA

      1. re: susancinsf

        That's Dopo's address. I'd correct it, but no edit buttons.

    2. oh no...please tell me this isn't where the King's X used to be? (guess it has been too long since my father lived around the corner, but that used to be a good place for a straight up, simple, strong drink, back in the day...)

      Hard to tell from your photos, but I am assumng it is a bar with food?

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      1. re: susancinsf

        Italian restaurant / wine bar / bar. The tiki bar across the street is the former Kings X.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Is it the ground floor of that new condo building?

        2. re: susancinsf

          Those are actually photos I took and yes its in the style of a Sicilian Bar with little yummy dishes. Salumis, Pates, Panini, cheeses, etc. Its a full bar as well. Its across from the Tiki Bar which hasn' been Kings X for a few years now...

          1. re: susancinsf

            No, the King's X tuned into the Tiki bar (Kona club), Adesso is across the street:)

          2. According to the Chron, the free appetizers will be a regular thing, 5-7 Mon.-Sat., 10:30-11:30 Mon.-Wed., and 10:30-midnight Thurs.-Sat.

            Story also says 30+ kinds of house-cured meat and 11 pates.


            1. Guess they got some data on the proposed name from an Italian. I burst out laughing when I drove by the place with its earlier name: it's a slang term for , um, hooking up with someone.

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              1. re: savvyitaliana

                to be sure, the word translated means broom.

                Strangely enough, if you were to translate its current name, Adesso, with the other restaurant- Dopo, you've have Now n' Later.

                1. re: savvyitaliana

                  Literal translation is broom, and it's also the name of a card game, but it's a double-entendre.

                  Yeah, I was thinking their next venture would be Prima.

                  Dopo means after (later is piu tarde).

                2. re: savvyitaliana

                  There's restaurant called Scopa in Healdsburg that might have felt infringed upon.

                3. My wife and I went to Adesso last evening and had a lovely time... The atmosphere is nice and the place has a fun vibe that I would expect in the city - quick drinks, snacks, and high turnover.

                  We had a couple nice glasses of wine and a lovely appetizer - Buratta Salad - highlighting fennel and artichoke hearts. The Charcuterie looks fantastic, but I don't eat that stuff. Everyone else seemed to be wolfing down the Salumi platters though.

                  For our wines we had a Sangiovese Algianico blend and a Barbera d'Alba that were both healthy pours and fairly priced in the $9 range. I was even intrigued by what I thought was a bargain for a Bay Area wine bar; a $5 glass of wine (Negroamaro). I tried it and it was drinkable - nothing great but decent...

                  We also took advantage of the complimentary Foozball table in the far corner and had some fun before heading out for the evening. I'd say that it hits the mark right on - Adesso is someplace you meet up with friends and grab a really good cocktail (haven't tried them yet but everyone seemed pleased with the drinks they ordered) have a light snack before dinner and then shove off - only to return at the end of the evening and play a little Fooz while taking in that nightcap... I think this will be a staple of Piedmont in no time...

                  Prima di Dopo and dopo di Dopo e perfecto!

                  P.S. - I posted this using my wife's account because mine is acting screwy

                  Joe - jgotshal

                  4395 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA