Berkeley, April 8, 20112—
A VERY NICE DINNER tonight in a venue new to us, casual, cozy, friendly, and unbearably loud. Too bad: undoubtedly it's our fault; we're just too old for a happening place like this.
I started with this fine salad, lettuce, frisée, pine nuts, shavings of cheese. Another came with it: arugula, burrata with tapenade, fried artichokes — siamo a Roma!
Then gemelli with duck ragù, the little pasta spirals perfectly cooked, the ragù deep and delicious. Dessert: "soft serve" ice cream, a beautiful crema morbide, recalling the earlier burrata like a nostalgic ballad…
•Boot and Shoe Pizza, 3308 Grand Avenue, Oakland; 510-763-2668