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“Creative neighborhood gem in Glenview section of Oakland” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bellanico

Bellanico
4238 Park Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602-1312
510-336-1180
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Ranked #8 of 1,078 Restaurants in Oakland
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Wellington
Transit: AC Transit #18
Falls Church, VA
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45 reviews 45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Creative neighborhood gem in Glenview section of Oakland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

Very creative and well-prepared Italian cuisine in a friendly neighborhood setting. Both appetizers we tried were unusual and outstanding - FRIED MONDEGHILI (pork,beef,& bacon meatballs), and butternut squash fritters! The SEARED BERKSHIRE PORK BELLY, ROASTED RED BEET MOSTARDA, CHICORIES, LEMON-ANCHOVY DRESSING was also unusual and delicious, as was the ARTICHOKE AND ERBETTE CHARD RISOTTO. The hanger steak was not remarkable, but stick to the Italian specialties and you can't go wrong!

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
SF Bay area
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Very pleasant restaurant with good food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

I had received a number of recommendations for Bellanico so went with friends on Sunday evening. Parking was a little tricky but doable. The restaurant had a pleasant European/Californian ambiance. We shared some antipasti and then had a selection of primi. The malefatti had been highly recommended but although pleasant lacked salt. The terrine we had also lacked salt. I sampled the other pasta dishes and they were all good but not perhaps brilliant. Bellanico is worth another visit--maybe Sunday was the regular chef's night off.....

  • Visited February 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Oakland, California
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188 reviews 188 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD GEM”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

I love the atmoshphere in this restaurant... great wine bar and consisitanly
awesome food...
I could hang out all night... Don't forget to try the swisschard
malfatti in brown butter sage ! OMG delicious. easy access off the 13 freeway just off Park ave. Great for a weekday dinner out!
sandie

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oakland, California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Great food, and very reasonable prices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011 via mobile

Bellanico is a charming local favorite. Their dinner menu is always terrific, with fresh pastas, fish and well-considered local food.

They do a great Sunday brunch too, and Chris and Elizabeth are terrific hosts.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011

Four of us went to Bellanico this past weekend. The food was excellent as was the service and the ambiance. We had a great time. I had braised short ribs and otheres had the duck - both to die for. Highly recommended.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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