Not just the part of you that's gonna be extremely satisfied after going here, Belli is also the name of the Boot eatery right next to Comal in Berkeley: a 50-seater designed by the chef's brother and featuring tons of salvaged wood, from tables crafted out of 60yr-old bleachers, to wainscoting made out of Ohio barn lumber.
The menu's pretty much exclusively Northern Italian, with starters like honey chile-soaked grilled eggplant, and a cheese & salami plate with a Kentucky ham that's similar to speck, but the grandest portion is dedicated to everyone's childhood favorite: Earthworm Jim pogs! No, wait... raviolis! Awesome noodle pillows include a squid ink number filled with prawns, Parm & gorgonzola; a belly and arugula-stuffer in a pork reduction sauce; and a duck-packed job with figs, gorgonzola, and shallots.
Their wood-topped, five-stool bar doesn't have a ton of room, nor a ton of booze: there're just two brews on tap (Trumer Pilsner, Prohibition Ale) and a small, all-Italian wine list consisting of three whites and four reds -- have too many and you may wanna have the guys at the bleacher tables keep a Buckeye on you.
Published: October 16, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
2016 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
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