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Nov 3, 2012 11:01 AM

Bartavelle - former Cafe Fanny [Berkeley]

Opened last week. Sightglass coffee, porridge, pastries, Acme toast, brandade, salumi, wine ...

Tuesday-Saturday 7am-6pm, Sunday 8am-4pm, closed Monday

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  1. Roberto, didjya try anything? If so, how was the experience? And...the chow!????

    1. Surely someone can tell us about the brandade . . .

      1. I can't comment on the food as I'm friends with the owner, but here's a menu. The wines are all from Kermit.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Splitting it in two smaller files makes it more readable.

        2. Acme bread and Kermit's wines, I guess they're going for the "locally sourced" idea.

          I'd wish them well but parking is already bad there.

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          1. re: Scrapironchef

            I've been going to Acme at least once a week for years. At peak hours the parking lots in front and back may be full, but except when Kermit has the big events in the parking lot I've never had to park farther than around the corner.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Non-lot parking is rarely an issue. If I'm coming up Cedar, I'll park on the other side of San Pablo if there's a space. Hopkins or Kains usually has a space within the block.

              As far as the place itself, I wish it was open a bit later, as it is hard to get down there after work for una copa and a snack. We did enjoy our one brief evening visit.

              1. re: lmnopm

                One of my friends said that the liquor license doesn't allow sales past 6pm.

          2. Finally had a chance to try Bartavelle yesterday. Joined a couple friends there for a glass of wine and snacks for a late lunch.

            I had the smoked trout board that came with some white bean puree jazzed up with chile oil, very good pickled veggies, radishes, and roast beets. My friend said the bread was Acme's Edible Schoolyard loaf.

            I didn't get a chance to try either the toscana salame sandwich or the prosciutto board. They disappeared in short order.

            A steady stream of customers frequented the place. I resisted the temptation of a Starter Bakery kouign amann . . . sort of KA'd out these days. It felt good to sit in this spot again with a tasting of Kermit Lynch wines. The 2010 Breton "La Dilettante" Vouvray sec was racy as all get out and everything I'd want in this style of wine. Also loved the 2012 Tour du Bon Bandol rosé.