510 News: BarLago Now Open, Marzano Closing This Summer, Comestible Pop-Up


BarLago’s front patio. Photo from Facebook.


A dish from a previous Comestible event. Photo courtesy Comestible.

According to a notice on their Facebook page, Oakland Italian restaurant ~BARLAGO~ is now open. The new place features a menu of Italian staples, including pizza, pasta, and entrées. Take a look at the full menu here, and look out for classics like pasta carbonara, a meatball appetizer, and a beef short rib entrée. They also offer gluten-free pasta, which is handy for some folks.

They’ve also got a full bar, with a list of specialty cocktails that incorporate Italian spirits, like the Cicciolina, with bourbon, Carpano Antica, Meletti amaro, and orange bitters. There are six beers on tap (mostly local craft brews, with Peroni for good measure), and an exclusively Italian wine list with a house red and white available by the glass, carafe, or bottle. Take a look at all the beverage choices here. There’s also a heated and dog-friendly front patio for enjoying those beverages. Hours are Tue-Thu and Sun 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm. Look for lunch to be added later, as well. 550 Grand Ave. at Euclid, Oakland, 510-836-2424.

It looks like Oakland Italian restaurant ~MARZANO~ has been sold to new owners, according to Scoop. Owners Justin Hafen and John Hurley (who also own Garibaldi’s in San Francisco) have moved to the Napa Valley to focus on a design business, and will be closing Marzano this summer. They’re not saying who the new takers are, though, only that they are Montclair residents and veterans of the East Bay dining scene. The liquor license transfer names the “Growler Group,” and a search of the state LLC database names Shelley Mulhall as the owner. According to her LinkedIn profile, she currently works at Gary Danko, with previous stints at A16 and Chez Panisse. No word yet on any other partners, but it sounds promising so far. 4212 Park Blvd. at Glenfield, Oakland.

Comestible Catering & Supper Club has a pop-up in Oakland on Friday May 16th and Saturday May 17th. A team of six chefs, including Allyson Harvie (chef of the the soon-to-open Township Restaurant, and previously of Citizen Cake and Ragazza), Molly Healey (Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York), and Christian McDermott (Jardinière and Spruce), will be preparing a 10-course lamb tasting menu in the future Township space. Tickets are $60 per person, with wine pairings for an additional $20. A vegetarian menu is also available. Both evenings, dinner will run from 7:30pm-10:30pm. 1545 Broadway at 16th St., Oakland.