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Bites: Galeto, BarLago, Bissap Baobab, Sunday Suppers

Barlago, a new Italian restaurant at 550 Grand Ave. that opened on April xx. Photo: Barlago
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GALETO BRAZILIAN GRILL Opening any day now in Old Oakland is Galeto Brazilian Grill, described as a traditional Brazilian steakhouse with Italian influences. The restaurant, owned by Eli Nascimento, has taken over the space previously occupied by LCX Noodle Bar and Le Cheval. Chef Robson Barreto (Espetus Churrascaria, San Francisco) will oversee a prix-fixe menu that showcases traditional Brazilian carved meat tableside service and a robust salad bar, as well as chicken and pasta dishes.Galeto is the signature dish: free-range organic chicken bathed in a seven-herb marinade, roasted, and served up family-style. Dinner will be priced at $34.95 and lunch at $18.95. Dessert choices, offered a la carte, will include Brazilian flan, crème de papaya, chocolate mousse, and petit gateau, as well as rabanada, a traditional Brazilian bread pudding, powdered with cinnamon, served warm with vanilla bean ice-cream over a bed of crushed Brazil nuts. Galeto Brazilian Grill will be at 1019 Clay Street, at the corner of 11th Street. Tel: (510) 238-9388 once the restaurant is open.  … Continue reading »

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Ms Barstool: Goodwill and bonhomie at Penrose

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It feels like a party at Penrose.

Only open since Thanksgiving, Penrose on Grand Avenue in Oakland already has a vibe going: warm, bright, and friendly. Festooned with party lights, Penrose is keeping the holiday spirit alive well into the New Year.

We advised the hostess we were going directly to the bar, and then wended our way past the lively groups seated around the communal tables spread throughout the spacious, brick-walled room. The wood-fired grill and the large, overhead fan-shaped fixture caught our eye immediately: industrial and welcoming at the same time. … Continue reading »

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Bites: What’s new in East Bay food, XXXVIII

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CARAVAGGIO We brought you news in August that a new Italian gelateria was opening in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto. Well it’s here: Caravaggio (pictured above), at 1797 Shattuck Ave. (just north of Delaware), is having its soft opening Saturday, Nov. 16, after also participating in A Taste of North Berkeley earlier this week. Co-owner Emiliano Cecchetti said there will be eight flavors to begin with, but expect sorbet and vegan options down the line. The ice cream is made to exacting standards in authentic Italian style and uses all natural ingredients. Look out for a fuller story on Caravaggio from us next week. … Continue reading »

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Chez Panisse contingent head to Cuba, public welcome

A Cuban farmer talks about growing greens with a visitor. Photo: Varun Mehra
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In the last year, Chez Panisse chefs, staff, and alum have embarked on gourmet global diplomacy trips to Japan (in an informal expedition under the auspices of a group known as OPENrestaurant) and China (in a formal affair the restaurant’s owner, Alice Waters,  presided over herself.) Now comes word that a contingent from the acclaimed restaurant are headed to Cuba to plant seeds of change on the food and farming front — and learn a thing or two about Cuban cuisine and growing greens from this Carribbean island country.

What’s more the trip, scheduled for December 4-12, coincides with the Havana Film Festival, and is open to the public. The delegation includes Chez Panisse downstairs chef Jerome Waag, former Chez Panisse pizzaiolo Charlie Hallowell, Steve Sullivan from Acme Bread (a former Chez Panisse chef), and Cuban-American line cook Danielle Alvarez, who will set foot on Cuban soil for the first time. … Continue reading »

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