Ah, the 1960s. For many enthusiasts, that was one of the best decades for automotive design. During those years, iconic models such as the Ferrari 250 GTO, Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, Lamborghini Miura, or Aston Martin DB5 were introduced.It was also a time when Frank Reisner, a former chemical engineer born in Hungary, raised in Canada, and educated a...

Longtime patrons of Oliveto, the 35-year-old Oakland Italian spot that closed with great fanfare at the end of last year, got a surprising message in their inboxes in recent days. “OK, it’s not actually over,” the email began. According to the message, the restaurant’s cafe operation quietly reopened last week, an unexpected coda for a restaurant t...

Rockridge’s Market Hall will never be the same. Oliveto, the iconic Oakland restaurant that carved a path for Cal-Italian cuisine within the farm-to-table movement, is shuttering at the end of 2021 after a 35-year run. “We’re tired,” co-owner Bob Klein told The Mercury News Thursday. “Running a restaurant these days is really difficult. The pandemi...

Without the pandemic, the 100th anniversary of a prestigious Italian club in California, founded in 1920, would have been celebrated last year: the Colombo Club. The round-figure anniversary called for major celebrations, but we know that 2020 didn't allow for that. There is, however, a book that celebrates the club's history, and this year it will...

Back in 1919, a group of 22 young men from northwest Italy’s Piedmont region got together most evenings at a house in North Oakland to drink wine and play cards and bocce. Similar smaller gatherings took place at other Piemontese family houses in the area. By 1920, the men’s exuberant energy overwhelmed their hosts. “So we kicked them out of our ho...

If you are wandering the Bay Area, craving traditional Italian pasta fresca, it might be time for you to visit Michele Belotti. Throughout the quarantine, this young (33-year-old) chef from Bergamo has continued to work tirelessly at his restaurant and pasta shop in Oakland, still producing staples like bigoli, ravioli, and casonsei (traditional du...

Three veterans of the food and wine industry are joining forces in Oakland to rediscover the passionate heat, immediacy, and immersive history of food and wine so often lost in the restaurant setting. Chef Alessandro Campitelli of Chiaroscuro and Contrasto restaurants, sommelier Paul Robinson of New York’s Del Posto and Chiaroscuro, and former chef...

Looking for a mouthwatering Italian meal near you? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around Oakland, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to satisfy your cravings. Looking to pop in to the latest popular spots? It's a good time now, since consumer spending at restaurants...

Giorgio Tavecchio’s story is one of those stories that should be told to youngsters. His story is an example of how tenacity and grit in sport, and especially in life in general, can really help dreams come true. Much has been said and written about how he fought to play in the NFL, America’s top-flight American football league, and succeeded in be...

Giorgio Tavecchio, a huge international soccer fan, wanted to take home a piece of history from the Oakland Raiders game at historic Estadio Azteca. So the Raiders kicker grabbed a ball that had the NFL In Mexico logo emblazoned upon it when the team arrived back at its headquarters on Monday. Then he wondered if the K-ball he grabbed, labeled No....