For a place that prides itself on serving “seasonal and local comfort food” — all those of-the-moment buzzwords, with gluten-free pizza to boot — Berkeley’s Divino is refreshingly devoid of self-importance. Executive chef Joan Gallagher serves unfussy Italian fare in a warm and welcoming setting. As a general rule of thumb, the simplest menu items tend to be best. Highlights include the fresh pastas, the suppli (fried risotto balls), and the house-made Italian sodas. The pastas and pizzas all come in both regular and gluten-free versions, and many dishes can be prepared vegan upon request. The Sunday brunch menu, meanwhile, is more classic American than Italian. Oh, and there’s this: Divino might just be the kid-friendliest nice restaurant in Berkeley.
Hours: Wed.-Thu. 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10 p.m.; Sun.-Mon. 5:30-9 p.m.; Sun. brunch 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
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