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It’s very hard to go wrong at this art deco/rustic Italian restaurant a short walk from Berkeley’s theater district. Tagliatelle in gorgonzola, pappardelle with lamb ragout, ravioli stuffed with pork and pickled cabbage—these are just a few examples of Belli’s star power. We loved the salads, too: shaved and seared brussels sprouts tossed with oyster mushrooms, and stunning citrusy mixed greens with goat cheese. The all-Italian wine list is as affordable as the food, and the desserts are worth the calories. The kitchen was still a bit inconsistent on our visits, but with an inviting dining room and friendly, precise service, Belli has the potential to become a Berkeley favorite. Lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner daily.
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