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.
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?
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