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“Neighborhood Gem with Wonderful Staff!”
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Ranked #24 of 1,265 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Wellington
Transit: AC Transit #18
Oakland, Ca
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Neighborhood Gem with Wonderful Staff!”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

This is a wonderful, intimate restaurant in a lovely semi residential area in Oakland. The "Glenview" area is a bit of a gourmet ghetto with no less than seven restaurants in a two block area. But this is my favorite largely because of the terrific food and wine menu, but also for the great, friendly staff. The sunchoke fritters and farro salad are my favorites as well as the house made beet ravioli (awesome believe me!). Great for take out and for sitting at the bar as a couple or single. This place can get busy so make a reservation just to be safe. Parking is an issue but there are parking valets you can use in the area. You will love the attentive staff - they always make me feel welcome!

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1 Thank lwolff1
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English first
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140 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“A good place for Brunch!”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Five of us went to Bellanico for brunch. It's a small place, but we were seated immediately. Service was very (appropriately) fast after we sat down, and we checked out what everybody else was eating, and then ordered. I can't remember what we all ate...but it was all good. Really good. I do remember eating pork belly, which was scrumptious. No problem with the service.
It was fast and professional. Next time I'm in Oakland, I will stop at Bellanico.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank deena w
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Northern CA
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78 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A "B" for Effort But Food Leaves a Lot to be Desired”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

We are frequent diners at a really nice little neighborhood restaurant in San Francisco on Portrero Hill called "Aperto," so when we read that its sister restaurant, "Bellanico," was in Oakland we decided to try it. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a bad idea. The meal started out good with the same warm and savory rosemary bread that Aperto serves, and the warm organic farro salad was truly delicious. Unfortunately, that's where the good part ended and we really do try to give independently-owned restaurants the benefit of the doubt! Next, the brocolli soup came out and it literally had no taste whatsoever. Not even red pepper flakes could give it much flavor. Then the main courses arrived, which included the tagliolini pepati with tomato sauce and chili flakes and jalapeno peppers (ordered vegetarian without the bacon and also usually excellent at Aperto) and the stinging nettle and meyer lemon risotto. The tagliolini tasted like canned tomato sauce had been used with completely seeded jalapeno peppers with uncharacteristically no taste. To make matters much worse, I had ordered the dish without bacon because we're vegetarians but they had put bacon in it. The risotto was a little better than that but it still was a bit too salty and lacked the flavor we've come to expect from Aperto's kitchen. We're giving it an average rating only because the host, one of the owners and the waiter came to our table to apologize and they didn't charge us for the tagliolini.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank dcschorr
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Oakland, California
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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“My local favorite”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

The atmosphere is cozy, a bit tight, but comfortable. Tight means that your neighbor at the next table will ask how you like your meal so they can order it. The first time I ate farro was here. Although it bills itself as a wine bar, the food is inventive and excellent. A bit pricey and great for a special occasion.

Visited February 2013
1 Thank CoachOrem
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Sonora, California
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328 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“Awesome Italian Job”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Came home from Oakland Airport and stopped at Bellanico with girlfriend for first time. A little off our path but worth the trip. Some of the best Italian I've had. Compares favorably price and quality-wise with Olivettos, another fav. Really can't go wrong and extensive hard to find Ialian wines by the glass completes the experience.

  • Visited January 2013
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1 Thank William F
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