Desco is a gorgeous new restaurant in Oakland from Donato Scotti who owns Donato Enoteco in Redwood City, serving house made charcuterie and pastas.
|Desco's bright and spacious dining room|
I had dinner there with a couple of vegetarian friends, but I indulged in plenty of meat on my own. I started with a platter of three house-made charcuterie that seemed to be much more reasonable than the ones I find in LA. The Piatto della casa (smoked duck, lamb prosciutto, rabbit terrine ) is only $10
It's quite the charcuterie plate for $10! The lamb prosciutto was aged for 3 months and the rabbit terrine was drizzled with extra vecchio (extra old) balsamico.
There's a small list of classic cocktails ($10 each), but they're made well and included drinks like Pegu Club. The Old Fashioned was quite nice and they have a good selection of gin and whisky.
The thing you must get here is the handmade Casonsei ($12). Casonsei is a type of filled pasta from Bergamo in Lombardi region, where the chef is from. It is filled with pork and amaretto cookie crumbs, then topped with brown butter and guanciale.
This pasta was so delicious, I couldn't stop eating despite having another entree coming ..
Mushroom pizza (also vegetarian). I tried a bite of this and enjoyed the thin, chewy crust.
The entree I ordered was the Cartoccio (pouch of crustaceans and cherry tomatoes - $20)
For dessert, try the torta di madorla e albococche - an apricot and almond tart with vin santo (an Italian dessert wine), served with a scoop of hazelnut gelato.
I just loved the moistness and the interplay between the apricot and the nutty flavors.
While I'm not (yet) an expert of the Oakland dining scene, Desco seems to me a solid choice with a beautiful, airy dining room, good classic cocktails, and the amazing casonsei pasta!
499 9th Street
Oakland, CA 94607