Nosh Talk: Rebecca Bernstein, Cioccolata di Vino

Curtis & Rebecca Redwine

Curtis & Rebecca Redwine, co-owners of Cioccolata di Vino in Berkeley, on their wedding day

What is always in your refrigerator?
Laura Chenel Goat Cheese.

What do you cook up for a late night snack?
Spicy sautéed spinach.

Where/what do you eat on your day off?
Vietnamese take out from Hu’o’ng Trà.

Do you have a secret ‘junk food’ vice?
Movie theater nachos with extra extra jalapeños.

Any food you can’t stand?
Any junk food (nachos notwithstanding).

What is your fantasy ‘last meal?’
Fresh oysters on the half shell to start. Followed by housemade charcuterie (Wood Tavern-style) and cheeses.

What ingredient is overused and needs to be retired?
Pre-peeled garlic.

What is the next big thing?
Word on the street is …  chicken adobo.

Your favorite special meal to cook?
For his birthday, my husband tends to request handmade sushi and tempura vegetables – always messy but fun and delicious!

Favorite restaurant in the world?
Still searching…

Who would you like to have dinner with (alive or dead)?
Alice, of course!

A food tip/secret/ to share with readers?
Fresh herbs – always and forever. Shouldn’t be a secret.

Rebecca A. Bernstein and her husband Curtis opened Cioccolata Di Vino at 1801 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley in Jan. 2009. The restaurant won first place for Best Desserts in the 2012 SF Best of the Bay list. After running the restaurant together for several years, Bernstein and Curtis were married last year after a seven-year courtship and are now morphing the popular Shattuck spot into a new concept as Oggi Restaurant & Wine Bar. 

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  • GCD

    Great spot for a glass of wine and Italian comfort food! Best wishes on your recent marriage!

  • ChrisJ

    New noodle place on Shattuck? Very nice. Hopefully more reasonably priced than aNOTHER place that opened recently on College ($18 bowl of ramen geddoudaheah!)