Agora Bistro Just Opened
Agora Bistro 443 Main St., Pleasanton, (925) 417-0474.
This brick-and-wood-beam Greek and Mediterranean bistro, tucked along Main Street, is one of the coziest spots in Pleasanton for a romantic meal. Service is European-style, serious, and informed, and food is prepared to showcase its natural flavor. Fried calamari are dipped in a light, airy batter and served with a nongreasy lemon aioli, both of which complement the fish, rather than overwhelm it like most pub versions. The marinades for the lamb and chicken souvlaki bring out the best flavors of the meat and poultry. Both dishes are served with nutty rice pilaf. Guvec, a baked vegetable casserole sprinkled with feta, combines olive oil, eggplant, zucchini, and peppers into a magical blend from the garden. Baklava and creamy, Marsala-spiked zabaglione are superb. Lunch and dinner daily.