Project Description

Italian Food Oakland, CA

The best Italian cuisine restaurants in the Oakland Bay Area. Oakland Italian food restaurants are listed in order from distance from Executive Inn Oakland Hotel.

Il Pescatore Restaurant • 1.7 mi
31 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607, (510) 465-2188
Located in the heart of Jack London Square. The original menu included classic Tuscan dishes, which are still on the menu today. With the explosion of the Italian food and wine scene in the 1980’s, the menu expanded to represent dishes from numerous regions of the Italian peninsula. Il Pescatore features an interior with the appearance of an old wooden ship, and overlooks the Oakland Estuary waterfront from almost every vantage point. Serving lunch and dinner.

Cafe 817 • 2.1 mi
817 Washington St., Oakland, CA; Tel. 510.271.7965
Cafe 817 is a trendy downtown Oakland cafe that specializes in serving the demanding lunchtime crowd offering up delicious authentic Italian sandwiches and entrees. Also, if you’ve already eaten and are in the neighborhood, stop in for the best espresso in Oakland.

Spettro • 5.8 mi
3355 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA, 510.465.8320
Spettro is a casual, funky little spot with a menu that can best be described as quirky, but if you’re looking for something different–and a place to bring the kids–this neighborhood restaurant in Oakland could be just the ticket. Don’t let us lead you to believe that Spettro only serves eclectic food, there’s pizzas and some more traditional Italian fare, but dining out is supposed to be an adventure and Spettro delivers.

Dopo • 5.9 mi
4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 510-652-3676
Chef-owner Jon Smulewitz and his staff create each day’s menu using fresh fish and seasonal vegetables to celebrate regional Italian cooking and then add lesser-known, seasonally driven dishes to the mix. Patrons can always find pizzas and excellent lasagna, but the real treats are the more obscure antipasti and house-made pasta dishes. Don’t expect heavily sauced or cheese-laden offerings; these creations are elegantly prepared, deceptively simple and dead-on delicious. Some recent favs: radicchio and ricotta tortelloni, crostone of braised octopus with saffron and pesce crudo (think Italian sashimi). Lunch is more stripped down-salads, pizzas and panini, though the dishes stand above the ordinary. Ending your meal with Dopo’s signature dessert, the Diplomatico, will send you happily on your way-and plotting your next return. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Mon.-Sat.

Filippo’s • 5.9 mi
5400 College Ave., Oakland, CA; Tel. 510.601.8646
An Italian restaurant that is fast becoming an Oakland institution, Filippo’s serves up great food in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Located in the Rockridge district, Filippo’s is hearty and satisfying, but also offers items for those wanting something on the lighter side; also they cater to the needs of vegetarians.

Oliveto Café & Restaurant • 6.0 mi
5655 College Ave. Oakland, CA 94618
Northern Italian. Oliveto offers regional favorites and some interesting specialties in the Northern Italian tradition. Menu selections change dramatically with the seasons. Actually two restaurants in one, Oliveto features a whimsical cafe atmosphere on the ground floor and a more romantic venue upstairs for that special night out. Meats, including some wild game dishes, and innovative yet simple pastas dominate the menu.