My husband and tried out Acquacotta, a new (just opened 4/1) restaurant in Alameda on Webster. We were both pleased.
Their website: http://www.acquacotta.net/
has tonight's menu as the sample menu
I had the Acquacotta soup - very light and tasty, with lots of colorful lightly cooked veggies (cauliflower, asparagus, red and yellow peppers, zucchini and yellow squash, and probably other stuff) and fresh herbs. I also had Rigatoncini with sausage, artichokes and ricotta salata. I thought it was delicious, with a flavorful broth-like sauce.
My husband had a salad that had very fresh lettuces and a tasty olive oil dressing, and Papardelle with Ragu - a thin sauce with ground beef. He liked both.
With a liter of sparkling water, it came to $52.
They have a full bar and the decor is pleasant, although I think it is missing something. Service was good. They open at 5pm, although we saw somewhere that they would be open for lunch - probably something old online.
The restaurant has been a long time coming - this info is from the January 2006 newsletter of the West Alameda Business Association:
A Taste of Tuscany on Webster
Acquacotta, is joining restaurant row on Alameda’s Webster Street. Owner/Chef John Couacaud says the literal translation of Acquacotta is “cooked water,” but it refers to a group of lovely soups from the Tuscan coast of Italy. One should expect the food to be exceptional. Couacaud has 30 years experience in the restaurant industry, including several years as executive sous chef at Prima Ristorante in Walnut Creek and line cook and sous chef at Oliveto Cafe and Restaurant on College Avenue, under Chef Curt Clingman, who now is at JoJo on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. A sample menu, which Couacaud said he would not be held to, showed tasty appetizers like crostini and proscuitto with marinated artichokes, salads, sandwiches, main dishes like roast chicken and desserts.
a little bit more info here: http://www.alamedamagazine.com/media/...