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    PHOENIX PASTIFICIO Pasta company Phoenix Pastificio, which once occupied the space at 1788 Shattuck Ave. where Trattoria Corso is now, plans to take over the former Café Zeste storefront at 1250 Addison St. and reopen a retail space there. Phoenix Pastificio had been operating out of the Café Zeste kitchen space for about seven years, doing most of their sales at farmers markets across the East Bay. When the café closed at the beginning of this year, Phoenix owners Carole and Eric Sartenaer decided to occupy the remaining space. When they open the restaurant in mid-July, they’ll be offering Italian soul food, starting with soups, salads and pasta dishes before getting more ambitious with pizza and calzone, which they didn’t offer at their old Shattuck location. “We’re going to sort of ease into it,” Eric Sartenaer said.  (more…)

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