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The husband-and-wife team behind this Italian gem in Oakland’s Glenview combined the nicknames of their two children for the restaurant’s moniker. Just as much love goes into earthy Mediterranean appetizers, house-made pasta, simple entrées, and restrained desserts. Our meal started with perfect wine service, Grilled local sardines, lightly breaded fried green olives, and scrumptious meatballs served with salsa verde. Pasta, from short rib and smoked bacon agnolotti, to garganelli with milk braised wild boar ragu, is of the highest quality to begin with, and then gets expert cooking and seasoning from the kitchen. While the wait for a table can be long, servers are attentive once you’re seated, and desserts such as bomboloni (Italian doughnuts) aren’t overpowered by sugar. Lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner daily, weeknd brunch.
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