Oliveto’s sign. Photo via Oliveto.
Interior seating at Perdition Smokehouse. Photo courtesy of Perdition Smokehouse.
The drowned chicken torta at Salsipuedes. Photo: © tablehopper.com.
Some news bites from the 510, starting with ~OLIVETO~, which has converted their downstairs cafe into an Italian rosticceria in the evenings. You’ll find fire-roasted or slowly braised meats (like chicken, roast beef, and lamb) and simple vegetable dishes at affordable prices (a serving of meat plus two sides will cost a little less than $20). There will also be a fish stew, vegetarian or meat-based lasagna, and more (the pizza and polenta are staying put). The menu is designed for quick service, but diners can still sit down and linger in case a drink from the new cocktail list is calling you.
Unfortunately, East Bay Express reports that ~PERDITION SMOKEHOUSE~ in Berkeley has suddenly and unexpectedly closed. It could be partly related to the departure of chef Mike O’Brien (Eater reported earlier that O’Brien also left owner Chuck Stilphen’s Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco and is now at Monk’s Kettle). Dang, no more brisket and beers on that great patio. 2050 University Ave. at Shattuck.
Have you checked out the new ~SALSIPUEDES~ from Jay Porter of Fruitvale’s The Half Orange? Well, to encourage folks to come by, if you bring an October 2015 receipt (of at least $20) from The Half Orange when you come to Salsipuedes, they’ll give you 20 percent off your night. Also worth noting: on Tuesday nights, you can get chef Marcus Krauss’s crazy delicious drowned/ahogada chicken torta (with kimchi on it!), plus tempura sea beans and a glass of draft beer for just $20. 4201 Market St. at 42nd St., Oakland, 510-350-7489.
There’s a new chef at ~GATHER~ in Berkeley: Tu David Phu, an Oakland native. He was previously a sous at Acquerello, chef de cuisine at Flora in Oakland, and executive chef of the Park Café Group, with numerous locations in San Francisco.