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New and Fabulous in Berkeley/Oakland?

ayeletw Jul 6, 2009 02:58 PM

We go out to eat every Monday night with our kids, and are sick of most of our usual haunts. We're regulars at Pizzaiolo (never could get sick of them), and the kids love Great China, Cactus, Amanda's. We eat at Soi Four, at Oliveto's. We need somewhere new, fun and not too expensive. Our standards are pretty high...some of us would rather eat snakes than at Pasta Pomodoro. Any new places to suggest? We've got 3 hours until dinner time.

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  1. rworange RE: ayeletw Jul 6, 2009 03:18 PM

    You are i n luck. Today is Digs Bistro monthly kid's night

    Or you might give Zaki Kabob House a try ... fabulous rotissarie chicken.

    I'd go with Digs as you can stop by Zaki any time.

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: ayeletw Jul 6, 2009 03:41 PM

      Have you been to Dopo and Corso? For Italian, I think they're right up there with Pizzaiolo and Oliveto. Dopo's the cheapest of the four.

      1. JasmineG RE: ayeletw Jul 6, 2009 03:43 PM

        Bar Lata? Burma Superstar? Both right down the street from Pizzaiolo. Dopo's not new, but it's great. Ditto Sea Salt.

        1. twocents RE: ayeletw Jul 6, 2009 03:44 PM

          I've been enjoying Bar Lata a lot recently. It's a bit cheaper than Pizzaiolo though perhaps not as good, certainly different.

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          1. re: twocents
            Robert Lauriston RE: twocents Jul 6, 2009 03:46 PM

            Barlata's sort of like Cesar, but cheaper and to me it feels like more of a neighborhood hangout.

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            skwid RE: ayeletw Jul 6, 2009 05:26 PM

            Marzano or Bellanico on Park street in Oakland (in the Glenview shopping area) are quite nice. The kids would probably like Marzano better as it is mostly pizza and pasta.

            1. heidipie RE: ayeletw Jul 11, 2009 10:27 PM

              After many years of shunning the place, our family enjoyed some terrific pasta and vegetable dishes at Trattoria Siciliana last week. It's worth a try--it's in another league from Pomodoro, though from another galaxy than Pizzaiolo--and anyway I think kids need to get exposed to old-school red-sauce Italian even if they're not being raised on the east coast.

              1. rworange RE: ayeletw Jul 11, 2009 10:45 PM

                Where did you go

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