Berkeley's new ravioli roost
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.