Centouno - Oakland JLS
Fabio Dalle Vacche, who was the original chef at Borgo Italia, opened his own place this week at 101 ("Centouno") Broadway at Embarcadero.
The menu's very similar to Borgo Italia's. The room is bigger and more spacious.
Torta fritta with salumi ($14) was as good as at the old place. Caponata ($8) was fantastic, only slightly tart and sweet, great balance.
Gnocchi al pesto ($14) were delicate and great. I had a few bites of the tagliatelle al sugo ($12), that was the standout of the night, great al dente texture, perfect amount of sauce, a surprising hint of rosemary.
Split a steak with arugula ($18). Nice light second course after substantial quantities of pasta.
Drank Lambrusco ($32), paired well with everything, particularly the salumi.
They comped us some torta della nonna that had not made it onto the menu yet. Pasta frolla tart shell filled with lemon crema pasticciera and topped with top-quality Italian pine nuts. Really nice.
Overall a great meal. There were a couple of very minor new-restaurant glitches but apparently most of the people worked together at Borgo so they pretty much have their act together.
Centouno closed a couple months ago.
The new concept going into the space is bizarre, to the point that it could be a joke- "Oakland's Home of Country Music" complete with line dancing lessons.
A collection of sports logos includes Nascar, Wrestlemania and SEC football.
The menu emphasizes outlandish burgers- the Jack London is stuffed with mashed potatoes; another is stuffed with mac and cheese. There's a Fabio burger as well.
Lots of craft beer logos- "Ice cold beer- hard booze- wine- shots."
Definitely not the new craft beer and burger type of place discussed in a recent thread...
re: Pius Avocado III
Wow that is wacky. Country music could be real given Bluegrass is a thing in these parts, but yeah sounds a bit far fetched. The menu is burger pub however, just with "market driven demographically targeted" names.
The real question is if there will be line dancing. Yee haw...get'erdone Oaktown!