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

Bellanico
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Ranked #12 of 1,220 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Wellington
Transit: AC Transit #18
Falls Church, VA
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53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 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
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SF Bay area
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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Oakland, California
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251 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 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
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Thank sansa31
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Oakland, California
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150 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Great food, and very reasonable prices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011

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.

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Thank jakklein
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San Diego, California
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117 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 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
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Thank SD3212
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