Wednesday, January 28, 2015

From Old World to Old Oakland

Borgo Italia brings authentic Italian to the 'hood


At 0-2, the Raiders and Niners are going in different directions.

But seven miles from the Silver and Black 50-yard line lies the cure for what ails them:

Enter Borgo Italia, now open in Old Oakland.

This is a family establishment (no, not that kind of family), from chef to GM. And that's apparent from the decor — that chair you're sitting on came from the GM's family trattoria in Italy — to the hearty and rustic Brasato di anzo (red wine-braised beef and vegetables) on your plate.

Not to mention the real deal Italian mamma working the room to make sure your meal is cooked to perfection.

Expect her to get all Mangia, mangia! on your ass if you don't clean your plate. In a wonderful, warm, motherly way, that is.

If Al were still around, she'd be an assistant coach by now.

Borgo Italia
499 9th St. (at Washington St.), Oakland
(510) 251-1008

Breakfast: Stop in on your way to work for fresh-brewed Italian coffee and pastries.
Nearby: Pacific Coast Brewing Co.; The Trappist; Seison

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