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Diablo Dish — November '08


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Bustling downtown Livermore welcomes Demitri’s Taverna, a Mediterranean restaurant, and Harry’s Hofbrau, both due to open on happening First Street by the time you read this.
 

Down the road, Movida’s patrons are sampling creations by new executive chef Marcelino Carmona, replacing David Pajarillo. Topping it all off is a sweet treat on South K Street: Tiffane’s Cupcake and Cookie Boutique opened in September, bringing ultra-upscale cupcakes to the Tri-Valley.
 

Danville’s Domenico’s is proving to be much more than your typical delicatessen. The longtime Hartz Avenue favorite for sandwiches and gelato has added handcrafted Neopolitan-style pizza to its menu. Try artichoke and feta—with Italian long-stemmed artichokes, Bulgarian feta, and Greek oregano. Also on Hartz, Mangia Mi, a new casual take-out Italian eatery with a small dine-in section, is scheduled to open up early this month across the street from Sideboard.
 

The out-of-control frozen yogurt craze lives on. Dublin’s Blush opened on Tassajara Road and serves only organic goodies. Blush shops are also planned for San Ramon and Walnut Creek. Momo yogurt is due to open this month at the upscale Mercer development on California Boulevard in Walnut Creek.
 

Walnut Creek’s Vic Stewart’s heads east this month, as a second location opens in Brentwood. Over on California Boulevard, Cuz’nz BBQ has packed up its smokers to merge with Sunrise Bistro on Botelho Drive.
 

Looks like Walnut Creek’s Class Restaurant and Lounge is focusing more on the lounge part. The former Ephesus Kebob Lounge is complying with conditions ordered by the city to avoid getting shut down, including more table seating and less alcohol, but has applied for the necessary use permit to become more lounge-like. The permit will be processed and likely approved by year’s end.
 

It’s no longer a secret: Oakland’s new Marzano, dished about in September, revealed that Robert Holt will be its executive chef when the Italian restaurant moves into the Glenview neighborhood this fall. Holt, who left Half Moon Bay’s award-winning Cetrella, will be certified as a pizzaiolo by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana in Naples, Italy, by the time the restaurant opens.
 

Blue Sky Family Club’s new restaurant in Emeryville’s EmeryBay Public Market may cater to kids, but that doesn’t mean Mom and Dad have to eat pizza and grilled cheese. Try Blue Sky Mac—a grown-up version of mac n’ cheese, with roasted tomatoes, Fontina, bacon, and pine nuts. Kids’ activities such as pajama nights and Pixar movies mean that parents get to linger over their Merlot.
 

Finally, Bay Area foodies showed their political stripes as Alice Waters and a variety of local chefs organized a night of “political gastronomy” in support of Barack Obama. Held at the Berkeley home of Amy and Cyrus Harmon, the dinner and auction raised $225,000 for the Democratic presidential nominee.
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