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Jan 27, 2013 09:53 AM

Borgo's missing pastries mystery solved!

Re Borgo Italia/Oakland, Old Town:

Diablo Dish reports that "…(pastry chef) Camboli was back in Italy to secure his work visa, so no pastries until his return."

My spouse and I found the photos of the linguine with meat sauce and sausage with beans dishes VERY interesting. These are two of the dishes we ordered at our dinner on Oct 2012. Big differences – spouse's linguine had about half that amount of meat in the sauce and it was very loose, barely dressed. The sausage dish doesn't resemble what they gave me at all: I had two uncut links with everything merely plopped on the plate, just like you'd do at home.

What – you think they spiffed up things for the reviewer? Shame on you for having the same thoughts we did, LOL.

Their full review is at:

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  1. The photos aren't by the reviewer. Diablo sent a photographer later so the pictures were staged.

    The tagliatelle in the photo are ridiculously oversauced, American-style. I doubt they'd ever serve that.

    Visa issues, that's bad news.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Jaiko: thanks for the info. It's now been two months since he's worked there.

      Something's off with the plating of the torta frita too compared to usual. I think it's missing a meat-- there are normally 3.

      What's that, a chianti bottle on the table?

    2. I haven't been in a month or two but I've not been served tagliatelle sauced like that at Borgo; there is definitely more sauce for the photo.

      The sausage in the picture is cotechino. Each time I've had the salsiccia al vino con cipollata, it's been precisely as the reviewer described. I've not seen sausage links there.

      Hours have changed since the open- I went by last month around 9am and they were closed; I think the sign said they open at 11 now.

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      1. re: Pius Avocado III

        With no pastries, there's much less reason to open in the morning.

      2. When we went there for dinner in December, they said that the baker ran into dental problems when he was back home, that he was getting taken care of as well.

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        1. re: heidipie

          I'm skeptical about that. The general level of dentistry is much higher here. If he has visa issues, I think there's no way to know when or if he'll be back.