If you haven't made the trek over to Berkeley yet to eat at Locanda da Eva, do your own self a favor and get there... before I get back and eat all the strozzapreti!
I first caught wind of this place in August a couple weeks after its opening, via a TastingTable email, which lauded its approach to Italian cuisine and its neighborhood vibe. I actually skimmed the email, took a mental note to check it out, and upon a re-read noticed that the executive chef was someone I knew from my childhood.
After that, review upon review crossed my path, all talking about the must-sample pork trotter fritters, until finally I succumbed to the 5 mile (45 min) journey across the bridge. I don't know why that was so hard, but I will definitely be going back ... regularly, I hope.
The menu changes daily based on the local ingredients they source, offering Italian interpretations with a heavy pork leaning. Don't miss the pizzas, especially the wilted kale pizza with lardo (imagine the texture of a gooey melted cheese, but the taste of extra delightful bacon). Props also to chef Huw Thornton for giving me another idea for how to use the kale in my farm deliveries!
Last week they refreshed their decor, which is the only possible complaint I could have conjured about the place. This restaurant has landed squarely in my top 5 ... and I cannot wait to go back.