Riva Cucina, Berkeley

In Italian, “riva” is the place where the water meets the land. It means shores for the sea, but also banks, as in river banks. Massimiliano “Massi” Boldrini, the chef-owner of Riva Cucina, brings his experience of being between water and land to the kitchen of Berkeley. A native of Ferrara, a city “in between” […]

La Strada Palo Alto

La Strada is the ultimate Italian hot spot in Palo Alto. I walked in this restaurant the first time when I looked at the menu and found no misspelling. I use this as a gauge of how good the team at the restaurant is, and how much care/ attention they have taken in their execution. […]

La Pizzeria, Campbell

La Pizzeria is just what it says it is- a pizza place. With a selection of over 20 pizzas on the menu, and the way the crust tastes once it comes out of the wood burning oven, it established itself as the place where to eat pizza “like at home”. It shouldn’t be a surprise, […]