In the last year, Alameda has added several new restaurants to its previously unprepossessing line-up, and two have opened in that last month or so.
Angela's at in the Marina Village shopping center (near the Webster St. tube) is been so successful that they're planning to expand into the adjoining space. Food is Middle-Eastern-influenced Cal-Mediterranean. My sister and her husband have eaten there twice and liked it a lot. The duck strudel is a signature dish. Info and sample menu: http://www.alamedainfo.com/Angelas_me...
East Bay Express review at: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/issues/...
Kelly's of Alameda hasn't impressed with the food, but it's still enjoyable, with its live music and lively bar scene. They're now serving a more casual "pub grub" menu on Sunday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and the "fine dining" menu Thursday-Saturday. website at: http://kellysofalameda.com/home.htm
Barceluna (yes, that's the correct spelling) is in the spot formerly occupied by the Bonzai Garlic Bistro and briefly by Rick's Grill. Not surprisingly the menu is focused on tapas, although they do have a rather uninspired looking "regular" menu. I haven't tried them yet, as I've had some reasons to think they haven't a clue what they're doing. But someone did tell me she'd had an "excellent" meal there. Sample menu and info at: http://www.alamedainfo.com/Barceluna_...
I did have lunch yesterday at the newest kid on the block, C'era una Volta, hidden in Redwood Square, a pedestrian alley off Park St. My lunch of gnochetti with pesto and a side salad ($7.75) was very good -- the gnochetti was toothsome and the pesto was excellent, with strong but well-balanced flavors. The mixed spring greens in the side salad were impeccable, and lightly drizzled with an interesting hot mustard vinaigrette. They're calling themselves a "caffe, enoteca (wine bar), ristorante," and I hope they haven't bitten off more than they can chew: the schedule looks killer. They open at 7 am (ack!) with coffee and baked goods; offer an interesting menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and pasta at lunch, and a full dinner menu divided into antipasto, primi, secundi and dessert -- three or four choices in each category -- with all of the dishes available either as part of a $35 four-course prix fixe or a la carte. Decor is Cal-Tuscan, and although it was pleasant with a small lunch crowd, I suspect with all the hard surfaces it may be deafening when full. I hope to round up my sister and BIL for dinner soon so I can make a full report.
C'era Una Volta
1332 Park St.