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Locanda da Eva dinner

sundeck sue | Oct 10, 2010 09:58 AM

Saw the plea from someone on the hugely long thread on Locanda da Eva (the one that started way before it opened, w/ lots of back-and-forth w/ Robert Lauriston) to start a new thread. Dinner there last night, first time. Lots to like. Like the decor (bright, whimsical). It was full and bustling, which was great to see. Service was first-rate.

The professional server helped me choose a lovely glass of wine for $6. That said, I thought $12 was pricey for a Carpano Antica on the rocks (nearly double Chez Panisse Cafe's price, which is, if I'm remembering right, $7). My husband, a lager-drinker, was delighted at the beer choices.

The kale pizza w/ lardo was quite good--well cooked, nice char, kale delicious--couldn't decide what I thought re the lardo--but it was reminiscent of Chez Panisse Cafe's nettle pizza and pizza w/ greens at Pizziaola--definitely a hit. Other posters had liked the trotter fritter, which we tried--interesting, tastey--not sure it worked w/ the cuke base, wasn't quite tied together. My husband had the calamari starter--not enough calamari, good but not terrific. He also had the chicken-pork-ricotta meatballs--which were again good but not brilliant and should have been served w/ a spoon for broth (we asked for one). He got the farro side, which seemed less than exciting.

He ended w/ the peanut butter ice cream, which, as a peanut butter guy, left him w/ a smile on his face. I got semolini cookies, which were quite nice.

Don't know how to do 2 1/2 stars in the ratings above, but that's about where we'd locate it. Enjoyed, but not wowed. Hoping it continues to get better. Can definitely imagine returning.

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Locanda da Eva
2826 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

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