510 News and Events: Liba Falafel Coming Soon, Centouno Now Open, Desco Hosting a Calabrian Dinner


The falafel bar bread at the Liba Falafel truck. Photo from Facebook.


East Bay Express reports that food truck falafel maven ~LIBA FALAFEL~ will be opening a brick-and-mortar location this summer. The new location, in Uptown Oakland, will offer a similar setup as the food truck, with the delicious falafel and a spread of toppings and fillings at the “falafel bar,” but with a strong emphasis on seasonal produce. 380 17th St. at Webster, Oakland.

As previously reported on tablehopper, Oakland’s Jack London Square is getting a new Italian restaurant from owner Fabio Dalle Vacche (previously of Borgo Italia), ~CENTOUNO~. The menu is focused on small plates for sharing and family-style dishes, including fresh pastas and roasted meats, like a bistecca alla Fiorentina for two. The restaurant seats more than 100, and there is space for large groups. Hours are daily 11am-11pm. 101 Broadway at Embarcadero, Oakland, 510-433-5030.

Local cooking teacher and author Rosetta Costantino will be at ~DESCO~ in Oakland on Tuesday January 14th. Chef Donato Scotti will be serving a selection of dishes from her cookbooks, My Calabria and Southern Italian Desserts. Take a look at the menu here. All dishes will be served à la carte, and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. Both cookbooks will be available for purchase, as well. 499 9th St. at Washington, 510-663-9000.

Here’s another one for your book events radar: on Wednesday January 29th, Tartine’s Chad Robertson will be at ~CAMINO~ in Oakland doing a special event to promote his new book, Tartine Book No. 3. The special dinner begins with a reception at 6pm, followed by a multiple courses inspired by the book. Tickets are $85 per person including beverages but not tax and tip. 3917 Grand Ave. at Sunnyslope, 510-547-5035.