I thought I'd start a new thread, since the old one starts mostly with a lot of speculation about what the place is going to be called, when it will open, etc. Here's the link to that old thread:
As I mentioned in my post on that thread, I've only been to Cioccolata Di Vino one time and had a lemon tart that was fine, but certainly didn't blow me away. Nevertheless, the place seems to have promise--lots of intriguing items on the menu, both in terms of savory small plates as well as desserts. The atmosphere seems quite elegant--certainly aspiring to be more than just a place you go to grab a slice of cake to go, which was how I was treating it, probably making my experience not the most representative.
So...has anyone gone for more of an actual meal and sampled some of the Italian small plates--the cheeses, the crostinis, etc. Have any of the desserts that folks have sampled really stood out?
A review just came out in the East Bay Express this. Stafford, the writer, listed the stuffed eggplant rolls, the chocolate polenta cake, and the chocolate chip pecan cookies as standouts (though I thought his description didn't make it sound altogether appetizing to me: "like nuts and candy chunks barely held together with a spoonful of undercooked dough: perhaps better than the best Toll Houses.").
Here's the link to that review: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/restaur...
Cioccolata di Vino
1801 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA