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Caffe Venezia, Berkeley . . . crossed off the list

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Caffe Venezia, Berkeley . . . crossed off the list

Judith | Dec 7, 2008 06:47 AM

Does memory serve me? I used to like Venezia. It was a pleasant, relatively inexpensive and the food was good. It's a convenient stop after the Berkeley Rep, which is why we went last night. But this visit was really disappointing. We had collard green soup, which would have been great, except it was barely warm. Then my husband had ravioli, all five of them. And I had linguine rustica, which theoretically includes spicy Italian sausage, eggplant and peppers. The linguine was totally overcooked, and the sauce was a salty mess with no distinguishable ingredients whatsoever. It was cool in some places and hot in others. I'm guessing it was microwaved. Maybe they had made an extra serving by mistake, and I was the lucky winner. If I want to eat leftovers, I'll stay home. And if I want a pleasant place with inexpensive pasta, I'll go to Pasta Pomodoro, which is frankly better than Venezia.

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