Borgo Italia

Italian Stallion

A Date Spot Literally Plucked from Italy

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If you don’t like Italian food, stop reading.

If homemade pasta made lovingly by an old Italian mamma doesn’t warm your heart, just press delete.

If authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizza and the creamiest of cannoli don’t quicken your pulse... we’ll see you tomorrow.

Because we’re about to go full-on Italy on your ass...

Say buongiorno to Borgo Italia, the most authentic rustic Italian hangout you’ll find this side of Naples, opening next Tuesday in Oakland.

It’s as if someone plucked an airy Italian building from its homeland, transported it across continents and caringly reassembled it into this corner spot... all for your next date.

Which, actually, is kind of what happened. They literally packed up an old village restaurant and brought the contents here: 1940s farm tables, marble tables (crafted out of the same marble Michelangelo used to chisel Pietà), copper racks and red, Mussolini-era wagon-wheel light fixtures.

What this spot lacks in flash, it makes up for in good old-fashioned comfort food and Italian hospitality. Even Mamma Luigina came over (and out of retirement) to helm the kitchen as things get under way.

Try her specialties like farinata (wood-fired chickpea flatbread) and torta fritta (a meat-stuffed fried cake). And expect the pasta (like her ricotta/spinach tortelli) to be served family-style out of a frying pan.

Don’t worry, you won’t have to do the dishes.

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Borgo Italia
499 9th St
(at Washington)
Oakland, CA 94607
510-251-1008
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