so "once upon a time" (c'era una volta) usually starts off a good story with a happy ending, not so much here. This place looks the part, charming, rustic, italian restaurant, friendly staff that greets you with italian phrases, but the most important thing in a restaurant should be the food and that is what was absolutely terrrible.
I knew right away when they brought the bread to the table and it wasn't even good french bread, with bland flavorless olive oil in a dish with a scoop of horseradish in it, what? never seen that before,that was the first bad sign,...it's like the chips and salsa in a mexican restaurant, if that's not good it usually tells you that nothing else will be good either...so we ordered 2 of the specials on a not so busy saturday night 1) grilled scallops over romaine which were not cooked all the way and were too salty and 2) the ribeye which is always a favorite in any other place, but this one was simply blah- no flavor whatsoever, wouldn't even give that to the dog- and we ordered the lobster raviolis, okay, I'm sorry but a ravioli should not be hard around the edges, yuk!
The best thing we ordered was the warm spinach salad, and the wine was okay. All in all it was a big disapointment! and for the price we could have had an excellent meal at B in downtown oakland, which I highly recommend,or anywhere else, CHECK PLEASE! and the rating is 2 thumbs down!