Friday night around 8, after picking up my husband at Oakland Airport, we took Doolittle Rd into Alameda. It is the best way to avoid the craziness of 880N, and in less than 15 minutes we'd found a parking spot and were seated. We liked the atmosphere of Pappo's and although it was full, I didn't think the noise level was excessive. We split the house salad, then I tried the duck with cherry port sauce (presented 2 ways, sliced breast and a crispy leg) with polenta and fried escarole, while he ordered the grilled pork chop with braised cabbage with pancetta, roasted pear and potatoes. The duck was fine and the cherry port sauce tasty (though a little skimpy), but the polenta was very grainy, and the escarole did nothing for me. His pork chop, though, was excellent, and the braised cabbage was wonderful. I wished I'd ordered that just for the cabbage. For dessert, we tried the pappogato, a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a small shot of Thomas Kemper root beer. An orange meringue wafer accompanied it, which my husband loved. It was a fun idea and just the right amount.
We enjoyed the meal and will definitely return. The service was just okay. There was a longer wait between salad and main course, but we weren't in a big hurry. Also, the bread rolls were great, I think they were epi
rolls but would have been even better if warm.
We are glad to have found several good restaurant choices near the airport such as Ark, HK City and Pappo. Another plus has been the ease in finding parking. On the way out, I noticed Gold Coast Grill, so that might be our next choice.