I had lunch today for the first time at Adagia in Berkeley. I had a lamb ragu over polenta. The lamb was slow braised, the polenta was lightly fried, and it was served over chard with goat cheese. I was very happy with my dish, especially at the price (about 10 dollars!) and my colleagues were happy with their tuna salad nicoise and skirt steak salad (both about 12 dollars). The sandwiches also looked pretty tempting, and were all less than 9 dollars. They have a pretty nice selection of wines by the glass for lunch. We're planning to go back again tomorrow. They're open for dinner as well, but I'm assuming the menu becomes more sophisticated. The service was a little naive, but it was lunch and they opened a few months ago.
The best thing is that Adagia is across the street from Strada. There are lots of nice tables outside, which were full (we had to sit inside). We've all been looking for someplace on campus to take visitors besides the faculty club (which features the grossest buffet I've ever eaten), so I anticipate that Adagia will be packed at lunch once the school year starts.
None of us could figure out if it's owned by the university (the wood paneled and chandeliered interior looks like an old university banquet or conference room). Also, has anyone been there for dinner?