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“Italian Comfort” 5 of 5 stars
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Filippo's Pastaria
5400 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 601-8646
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Ranked #225 of 1,069 Restaurants in Oakland
Cuisines: Italian
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Los Angeles, California
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14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Italian Comfort”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

On a visit to our son in Oakland, our party of six tried Filippo's 2nd location on College Avenue. We were glad we did. Each of us was very happy with our entree, and we all chose different things, so I won't recommend one over another. This is a tiny place, holding maybe 20 at best inside, but there was a party of 16 outside in the tent annex braving the chill night air. Reservations are definitely recommended, as a walk-on could have quite a wait. For starters, excellent sourdough bread is brought, accompanied by a plate of olive oil infused with plenty of garlic and herbs. Couldn't get enough of it -- delicious. I had a seafood risotto which contained five large mussels, five medium shrimps, a scattering of calamari rings, and lots of chunks of salmon. It was very nicely done. You can Google the menu to check out the offerings. Wines by the bottle were very reasonably priced and looked like some care went into the selection. Service was friendly and efficient, but we never felt rushed. The half-salads we ordered were pretty generous, and the beet salad got especially good reviews from the two who had it. Decent Caesar, and mixed greens as well. In sum, this was a quite reasonably priced local trattoria, with excellent quality food that seemed prepared with care and imagination. Wish it was in my neighborhood!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“the spaghetti ai frutti...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2008

the spaghetti ai frutti di mare with marinara sauce was absolutely delcious!!!

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“Salty”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2008

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“Love this place. Delicious affordable food in Elmwood section of College avenue. One of our regular favorites.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2008

Love this place. Delicious affordable food in Elmwood section of College avenue. One of our regular favorites.

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“Great authentic Italian...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2007

Great authentic Italian food. Sidewalk dining - on cold days they drop the enclosed awning and turn on the heaters.

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