A friend wanted to go to lunch today and suggested Pasta Pomodoro.
This was okd, because this was a type of restaurant she would enjoy and partly due to curiosity because of some recent discussions on the board.
It is a chain. The post is on the General Board (link below).
It has been a long time since Ive eaten at Pasta Pomodoro (not wise to abbreviate this restaurant to initials).
The North Beach restaurant (pre Wendys days) was never amazing, but they had some good food at good prices.
And to borrow from another post about the Noe Valley location, as far as El Cerrito is concerned we were happy with the quality, variety, and quantity of the food and the friendliness and competence of the staff, given the small size of the final bill.
Steamed mussels are $5.95. Soup, salad, foccacia can cost as little as $4.25.
Someone was complaining on this board that unlike European restaurants, few restaurants serve a reasonably priced glass of wine just to enjoy with a meal. Pasta Pomodoro had a few glasses of wine for $3.50 and they werent any of the usual suspects at that price. They also had some micro brews available.
As the Noe Valley post respectfully stated With all to attention paid to Delfina, A16, Incanto and the like [ justly deserved IMO], I just want to mention what a great value the PP's continue to be for a "no big production" meal out
However, within that thread, while there was quite a bit of Pasta Pomodoro bashing, very few people came up with non chain restaurants in that neighborhood where someone could get a comparable meal for the price. Only Noe Valley Pizza Restaurant and Verona Pizza were briefly mentioned.
So if there is an Italian restaurant near El Cerrito where theres an Italian lunch at comparable or better quality and price, that info would be appreciated.
The other Italian joints in the nabe dont serve lunch or are pretty horrid and expensive
Berkeley/Oakland wasnt an option because my friend is elderly and parking is an issue. Strings is down the street, but I had not tried it and didnt want to take a chance. Never been to Angelos, but it looks more like just a sandwich shop. Not sure if La Scala was open for lunch, but, not only is it under renovation, but the road in front of it is being repaved as well. It was too noisy, dirty and too much of a hassle.
Anyway, it was a last minute thing, so it seemed the best option in the area. We were pleased with it.
I am not unaware of the difference between a Pasta Pomodoro being located in El Cerrito vs North Beach. I get a little insane when I see a Starbucks next to a local coffee shop. However, even in North Beach, there are just times when it fits the circumstances.