Diablo Dish: Locanda Positano Is Bringing a Piece of Italy to Lafayette
Walnut Creek’s Library on Main closes; Eat Real Festival takes over Jack London Square; Pacific Catch slated to open in 2018; Prost to Walnut Creek Yacht Club’s Oktoberfest; and more Dish.
Locanda Positano to Move into Artisan Bistro Spot
If the name sounds familiar, there’s a family connection between Locanda Positano—which is scheduled to open on Brown Avenue in Lafayette in late November or early December—and Locanda Ravello in Danville as both restaurants are part of the extended Rosano family. (Locanda Positano owner Enzo Rosano is zio to Antonio Cerbone of Locanda Ravello.)
Locanda Positano’s specialty is pizza, though the menu also features pasta, seafood, short ribs, and panini.
The lasagna—lovingly called Mamma Carmela’s lasagna—is a homage to Carmela Rosano (Rosano’s mother), who teaches the restaurant’s cooks how to make the comforting dish.
With seven of Rosano’s siblings in Italy, Mamma Carmela only visits the East Bay six months at a time. But when she is here, having her expertise helps when it comes to getting things just right.
Locanda Positano also had a previous seven-year residency in San Carlos before Rosano sold it and moved the operation to Lafayette.
The Book Closes on Library on Main
Walnut Creek’s innovative Library on Main shut down last Saturday, September 16.
The former home of Eleve most recently hosted Pho 84—the second pop-up eatery in a brief experiment to use long-term pop-ups to serve food—which complemented the craft cocktail bar.
Eat Real at Jack London Square this Weekend
From Friday, September 22, to Sunday, September 24, the ninth-annual Eat Real Festival will take over the always lively Jack London Square in Oakland. The festival will feature a range of food trucks and street food vendors, as well as an impressive lineup of food entrepreneurs, artisanal products, and demonstrations from Bay Area culinary experts.
And of course, there will be beer. The legendary Beer Shed, curated by Master Cicerone Nicole Erny, will have more than 30 craft brews flowing from taps all weekend long, including Lagunitas Brewing Company, 21st Amendment Brewery, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Drake’s Brewing Company, and Red Branch Cider Company—and the Jam Bar will offer craft cocktails for those looking for a little more punch.
Music lovers—or just music enjoyers—can savor the Oakland Symphony Saturday evening and partake in the symphony’s musical instrument “petting zoo,” where kids of all ages can interact with a variety of instruments.
There’s no cost to wander through Eat Real, and all of the food options are $10 or less, so with all the other happenings, it’s a fun bargain. In addition, all the proceeds benefit the Food Craft Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching budding food and beverage entrepreneurs and artisans how to build successful businesses.
Juhu Beach Club Shutting Down—Eventually
Eater San Francisco reports that the critically acclaimed and very popular Juhu Beach Club in Oakland will close its doors, but not until a buyer is found—which could take several months.
Chef Preeti Mistry says an evolved Juhu Beach Club is likely to emerge at some point, according to Eater.
Mistry recently opened Navi Kitchen in Emeryville—which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner—and is about to publish her cookbook, so clearly her plate is full.
The chef told Eater she wanted to make the announcement about Juhu Beach Club as early as possible so people could eat there one more time before that location closes down. We're already figuring out when we'll have a chance to make a last visit.
Pacific Catch Will Start Reeling in Diners in Early 2018
The eighth Pacific Catch will open on Newell Avenue just after the calendar turns over in January, bringing its fresh seafood to Walnut Creek.
Dublin diners are already familiar with the restaurant, which, as the name suggests, offers Pacific seafood with a West Coast style. Look for poke bowls, sandwiches, tacos, and salads along with sushi and fish and chips.
Walnut Creek’s Lemonade Makes Things Even Easier
Since life can be plenty complicated, having the option to order in advance at the Broadway Plaza site adds another layer of convenience to the fast-casual concept.
Those who’ve come to love the healthy salad, sandwich, and hot dish options at Lemonade can go to order.lemonadela.com to minimize wait time at the counter. And if you take advantage of this new feature before October 1, you can receive a free lemonade by using the code FIRSTORDER—but don’t just tell anyone else. It’s supposed to be kind of a secret.
Beer and Cheese, Together at Last
While the combo may seem like an unlikely pairing, ease your suspicions by attending one of the two upcoming Cheese and Beer 101 events at Maker’s Common in Berkeley.
For $35 on Thursday, September 21, and again on Thursday, October 5, participants will sample five domestic cheeses and five local craft beers, and learn which flavor profiles go together.
The tradition of mixing cheese and beer goes back to medieval monasteries, so Cheese and Beer 101 is really a study in theological history as well—which is fitting seeing that Maker’s Common is on University Avenue, just a couple blocks from Cal.
Gather’s New Chef Won’t Change Direction Too Much
Executive Chef Anthony Lee (from Alta in San Francisco) will be stepping into the kitchen at Gather. Even though he will revamp the menu in the coming weeks to reflect new seasonal offerings, he will stay true to Gather’s organic and sustainable focus.
Diners will still find some of the restaurant’s signature dishes, but also an expanded takeout and bar bites menus. As Lee settles in, expect the culinary bar to be raised, but not menu prices.
Sweet Belly Celebrates Ice Cream Cone Day with S’mores
You probably already knew that Friday, September 22, is National Ice Cream Cone Day (who doesn’t?), but we’re guessing you didn’t know Oakland’s Sweet Belly will feature a s’mores cone this week in honor of one of the great gustatory inventions of modern times.
And if the chocolate tuile cone with a white chocolate rim, Graham cracker garnish, and marshmallow doesn’t work for you—though we can’t imagine why it wouldn’t—the other Sweet Belly favorites are also available.