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Giuseppe Manzone testing out his wood-fired oven prior to opening Cugini Manzone last week. Photo: Cugini Manzone

CUGINI MANZONE Giuseppe and Michele Manzone opened Cugini Manzone last Thursday night in at 2930 College Ave. in the Elmwood. The restaurant features an Italian wood-fired oven for thin-crust pizza and calzone (the Manzones are also cooking eggplant parmesan and roast chicken in the wood-fired oven), as well as a full menu of Italian antipasti and pastas. The restaurant is only open for dinner at the moment (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.), but plans to open for lunch and mid-afternoon snacks soon.

Botella RepublicBOTELLA REPUBLIC Tasting bar and shop Botella Republic, 2055 Center St., plans to open in the middle of April. Botella will provide “a curated selection of premier NorCal wines and beers,” paired with “seasonal bites.” Located across the street from Eureka, Botella marks another step in the growth of downtown activity west of Shattuck.

PADI Indonesian restaurant Padi in the Elmwood closed recently. Owner Jimmy Sujanto said he is consolidating his business at the larger location at 16695 14th St., San Leandro.

Shop Talk is our regular column in which we post updates on Berkeley businesses. If you’re a Berkeley business with news, or a Berkeleysider who has spotted a change in your neighborhood or on your travels, shoot us an email with the details. Read previous Shop Talk columns, and check out Bites for the latest East Bay restaurant news.