We have an update for you on the new restaurant project called Borgo Italia from Paul Ferrari, the owner of the A.G. Ferrari chain. It's debuting on Tuesday, September 18 in the former B Restaurant space at Ninth and Washington Streets in Old Oakland, and the chef will be Franco Camboli. The menu focuses on the cuisines of Emilia-Romagna, Liguria, and Tuscany, with such Northern specialties as torta fritta Emiliana (puffy fried dough with salumi), tagliatelle di castagne (chestnut flour tagliatelle, Speck, pine nuts and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese), and spezzatino (veal stew with white wine and tomato).
Also, there will be salumi, and in a departure from Northern Italy, they'll be doing Neapolitan pizza from the wood oven. They'll offer coffee and pastry in the mornings, as well as lunch.
The new décor in the space is modeled after a 1940s Italian caffé, with some of the antique wooden furnishings and decorations coming from Ferrari’s grandfather’s hometown, Borgotaro.
And while Ferrari has partnered on this new business and remains president of A.G. Ferrari Foods (founded by his grandfather in 1919), the new restaurant is not associated with A.G. Ferrari.
Borgo Italia - 499 9th Street at Washington Street, Oakland - 510-251-1008 - Open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, as of September 18.