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Aug 20, 2014 01:32 AM

Modigliani Cafe (Oakland)

I stopped by here for a late, quick lunch recently. The menu includes several sandwiches, several Italian-American inspired. I got the sausage roll for $6.50, which had just come out of the oven. It is a relatively thin layer of dough (not much yeasted rise, like I expect in stromboli), rolled with house-made sausage and mozzarella, with pickled peppers and marinara sauce on the side. The roll looked a bit limp and underdone, but the flavor was good, and the whole thing melded into a gooey sausagey whole. I don't know if I'll order the roll again, but the tomato sauce was vibrant enough to make me want to come back and try the meatball sub.

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    Modigliani Cafe
    3208-3210 Grand Ave @Santa Clara Ave.
    Oakland, CA 94610
    Phone number (510) 986-1599
    Hours: Sunday-Monday: 11am- 6pm; Tuesday-Thursday: 11am-8pm; Friday-Saturday: 11am-9pm

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    Website with menu:

    1 Reply
    1. re: jaiko

      the cafe isn't right on the corner, and Santa Clara does not begin until the opposite side of Grand from the cafe (what you'd find on the corner as described is an h-r block income tax service). the M.C. assumed the location of the Day of the Dead coffee shop/hot dog stand, next to the long time tobacco and news cubby-hole adjacent to the movie house. the smoke shop had the same proprietor thirty or more years, now deceased, but it remains a neighborhood fixture after at least sixty years.

    2. Modigliani Cafe has a variety of sammies avaliable. there's a special of the day: meat loaf (1/2#-7.50)open faced.
      -came with chesse, tomato sauce, roasted peppers. everything tasted fresh/tasty. meat loaf had no fillers.

      coffee(2.25)pretty good nor like majors though
      M.C. close to Grand Lake Theatre.