Pizzaiolo, Dopo, Eccolo, Chez Panisse, Oliveto?
These seem to be the places that come up over and over (and over for emphasis) again when asked for restaurant recs.
We live in such a flourishing food mecca, I'm wondering if someone can offer me some other suggestions? Its not that I don't like these places, its just that I think they're over recommended and I feel like there's got to be some other (good) choices out there. Help!
I don't really have specifications other than my graduation will be ending around 1-ish on a Saturday, so the place needs to be open for a b/w lunch and dinner (brunch) meal. Also, I'd like it to have a not-too-limited menu for the non-adventurous in the group. Lastly, there will be ~10 of us, so a place that will accomodate that many, not be too noisy, and ideally take reservations would be great.
P.S. Italian, Cal-cuisine are good, but I'm not opposed to others. I prefer places that use fresh ingredients and are moderately priced. Preferably no Indian, Mexican, asian...