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It seems like everybody’s pretending to be Tuscan these days, but Lilian Massarweh and her Caffé 817 are the real thing. She brings the flavors and elegance of her native Florence to this stylish café in a developing zone of downtown Oakland. It offers delicious panini, lasagna, and bean soup, and maybe the best cappuccino for 50 miles. You stand in line to order, then grab a table in the art-filled room or on the busy sidewalk. Breakfast and lunch Mon.–Sat.
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