We were in the Bay Area in California for a week with very little time to enjoy dining out so we were only able to hit 2 restaurants in the East Bay.
The first one was A16 in Rockridge. I was psyched for some good Neopolitan-style pizza so I was a bit disappointed in this place. Our appetizers of semolina dusted & fried anchovies as well as a salad of mixed chicories were actually quite good. The anchovies were some of the best I've ever tasted and the salad was nicely dressed and had a nice mix of greens. The pizza was the big disappointment. We shared the salsiccia and while it arrived hot with a nice char to the crust, it was basically bland. The crust literally had no discernible taste. Perhaps I am spoiled by having what I think is hands down the best Neopolitan-style pizza I've ever had (outside of Napoli) in my hometown of Hoboken, NJ.
The second restaurant we visited was Wood Tavern. This is perhaps my favorite of all East Bay restaurants I've been to (admittedly, I've only been to a handful so far). We started with a charcuterie "butcher block" that was just as good if not better than charcuterie I've had in high end NYC restaurants. The porchetta testa, duck & fennel rillettes, beef tongue terrine and chicken liver mousse were all absolutely delicious and well executed. The other standout was the double-cut pork chop. My god, was that good! Tender, juicy, perfectly cooked and delicious. My husband and I shared it and could not have been happier. We had just been to Zuni Cafe for lunch 2 days before while in SF and I would say that we enjoyed Wood Tavern more than we did Zuni Cafe.
We'll be moving to CA within a year or so and we're concentrating on a few towns in the East Bay. I look forward to more research as we plan our move. Hopefully we'll find more restaurants like Wood Tavern and a really good pizza restaurant.