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"yet undeveloped restaurant neighborhoods" Pretty soon that area will be so "developed" no resident who lives there now will be able to afford to eat at this pizza or (inevitable) brunch place. This is how an "affordable" (read: "less affluent") neighborhood gets colonized by white gentrifiers and turned into the next Temescal. Another restaurant for high-so's making inroads.
What is interesting here is that this will be the FIFTH restaurant to open in this space in a relatively short span of time, and the SECOND MEXICAN SPOT. What does this tell you? That this food court has better offerings that are driving all the traffic there. Kirala, Soop, a gelato place, and a Chinese restaurant/tea spot. Nothing so far can last against that competition, and I can tell you that YET ANOTHER Mexican spot, no matter how good, doesn't stand a chance. There are plenty of Mexican restaurants in town, and apparently, there is little need for one in the Gourmet Ghetto. I give this place 6-12 months, TOPS.
Dear writer: "The trattoria's founders are two genuine Sicilian immigrants, Rosa and Guiseppe D'Alo, both of who still help cook...: That should be both of WHOM, just so you know. Thank you! - Denise Taylor
I enjoyed the spicy seafood hot pot I tried the other day, a bargain at $10.
Loved the white pizza and the meat plate. And the mushroom pizza, focaccia, carrot salad and pickled veggies too! Great beer too. Well done!
Love eating at out of the way places in yet undeveloped restaurant neighborhoods - and tried Philomena's on the recommendation of a friend. We were hoping for the best but it was not to be. Sam Lowry was right - soggy and flavorless and scant toppings too. Big disappointment on pizza night. This pizza can't hold a candle to The (new) Leaning Tower of Haddon Hill at Newton and Wesley off the lake which is our go-to joint. Isaac the owner has researched and developed his pizza crust down to a delicious science - best pizza in the East Bay. Philomena, you have to be better than this to get us back for a second try.
Looks like typical flavorless, soggy bay area pizza that every place is doing now.
great spot :)
I read this review/article yesterday so a co-worker and I ventured over there at lunch to try it. I'm with Jono...I wasn't impressed. I got the Hawaiian ham torta and she got the 5 taco platter. While they weren't "bad", they weren't "great" either. Let's just say I wouldn't venture over there JUST to stop by for a bite to eat. One thing I will say is their staff was very pleasant. So good job for that. Of course I recommend you give it a try, so you can come to your own conclusions, but I've had much better and cheaper tortas and tacos.
I'm so not in agreement. Place has bland food and is insanely overpriced for Mexican. And don't tell me the price is justified by the neighborhood. Cactus on Solano and College is half the price and twice as good.
Come and enjoy the best the gourmet ghetto has to offer. You won't be disappointed.
AGREE 100% - We had lunch 8/03 and it was likely the best food we'd had in over a year (including Farmhouse Inn, Auberge du Soleil, and Passionfish). Lunchtime Wed was empty and the waitress delightfully enthusiastic. By far the best Italian restaurant in Northern CA right now, even surpasses Perbacco.
I'm less than enthused by a picture of a meatball sub — probably 800 calories or more — on a half loaf of unappetizing white bread, for $8 (plus tax = closer to $9).
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