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one more Trattoria...a meal at Dopo

susancinsf | Jun 11, 200403:24 PM

I really didn't think I'd be dining in the East Bay again so soon, but Thursday night there I was with my son, looking for an impromptu early dinner near Piedmont Ave, and son wanted Italian. No problem, I really could eat italian every night of the week, so we decided to try Dopo per the suggestion in response to my post from earlier in the week.. (see below).

Got there at six fifteen, and Paulie wasn't kidding about possibly waiting: we took the last outside table (there are heaters and it was quite comfortable). By the time we left a bit over an hour later there was a crowd gathering to wait on the sidewalk (and being served wine to make the wait easier, a friendly gesture).

Dopo is much smaller than I had pictured from prior posts. The menu is very limited: a few apps, three or four pizzas, three pastas, and that was pretty much it. Prices, including those for wine, are very reasonable. We split a green salad, I had tagliatelle with pork, son had lasagna. everything was fresh and tasty. Son had a limonata but could only eye my wine (he turns 21 today, so was just a day short, but that's ok, his party is in the works..). The Oliveto influence was clearly present in the thin crust pizzas going to other tables.

We both had dessert, and it may have been the best part of the meal: lavender gelato with figs (I loved it, the barely out of teenager years son said it was just 'wierd') and a really nice apricot tart with a rich crust (cornmeal and brown sugar I think). Very friendly and personal service.

I have heard raves on the board, and while I can't quite rave about Dopo, it is nice, particularly if one goes early or can tolerate standing around on the sidewalk to wait for a table.(no reservations taken). Keep in mind though: pizza is a once or twice a year type of thing for me, and having had just had one at Oliveto, I wasn't ready to try one again (which meant almost half the menu was off the table, so to speak). If you do like thin-crust pizzas, then you might rave as well.

and finally, at $67 including tax and tip for salad, two pastas, two glasses of wine, a limonata, and two desserts, it is clearly the best value of the three Trattorias I tried this week. a good thing, since my wallet needed the break!

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