The pizza man, the pizza meister, the pizza mack, Charlie Hallowell of Pizzaiolo has now opened his latest venture, ~BOOT AND SHOE SERVICE~ in Oakland on Grand Avenue near the Grand Lake Theater. No, it’s not where you’ll take your shoes for a buff and polish: the name is just a tip o’ the pizzaiolo cap to the space’s earlier incarnation—although some will remember it was most recently Di Bartolo. It’s a casual neighborhood spot, smaller than Pizzaiolo (around 40 seats), with tall ceilings, exposed brick, and a marble counter, plus cool art from Creative Growth. There’s also a bar in the back where you can kick back over a drink and a bite to eat. On the menu: a rotating selection of anywhere from 8—12 pizzas (some recent ones include Manila clams with garlic, parsley, and a white sauce; wild nettles and pecorino; potato, pancetta, rosemary, and Fontina; and the classic rapini-sausage combo), plus some appetizers like a fritto misto and three—four salads, local beers, wine, and the full liquor license means you get to take your pick from some small-batch beauties. No reservations, and serving dinner only. Hours are Tue—Thu 5:30pm—10pm, Fri—Sat 5:30pm—10:30pm.
Dec 15, 2009 • 1 min read
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