Valentine’s Day Menu–2019


Stuzzichino: Parmesan cheese gougèreswith Perigord truffle mousse
Consomméof Liberty Farms duck
Antipastoof Maine lobster with blood orangegelée, fennel, andfines herbes
Acquerello Carnaroli risottoof Black Trumpet mushrooms and
Perigord truffle
Ravioliof sunchoke and beets withvin santo, apple, and 108-month-agedParmigiano Reggiano cheese
Pan-roasted black sea bass with celeriac, Lacinato kale, and Osetra
caviar spumante
Roast Liberty Farms duck with Perigord truffle sausage, barley,
Seville orange, and sugo
Dessert selections tba

95. per person
A 20% pre-tax Service Charge will be added.

Dinners from Sicily-Menu

Menu for Sicilian Dinners
January 29 through February 1, 2019

For our Dinners from Sicilly, Chef Jonah has been looking for a balanced menu between the simplicity and comfort of food from the street, and the complexity and refinement of food from the home, both modest and grand.  Here’s what he came up with.

Menu for Sicilian Dinners
January 29 through February 1, 2019

Sierra mackerel alla stimpirata
Salad of winter citrus with Castelvetrano olives, pistachios, and wild oregano
Sausalito Springs watercress with Chanterelle mushroom conserva, sherry vinegar,
and walnut brittle
Goat spitini with marinated olives
Cured and smoked swordfish with winter vegetable caponata
Soup:  zuppa di ceciwith cipolline onion agrodolce

Rigatoni with cauliflower, pine nuts, and raisins
Spaghetti with sea urchin
Pasta grattata with Delicata squash and ricotta
Potato gnocchi with ragù alla salsiccia
Tagliolini with white anchovy, garlic, chili, and bottarga di muggine
Ravioliof ricotta and mint with walnut pesto

Secondi:  grills, sautés, roasts, and rotisserie
Grilled tuna sausages with tomato-braised escarole, fennel, and breadcrumbs
Red-wine-braised duck leg with polentaand rapini
Pistachio-crusted monkfish with braised Treviso radicchio and Seville orange marmellata
Spit-roasted goat with Yukon Gold gratin and salmoriglio

Contornocanederli of braised goat with fiore sardopecorinocheese

Desserts: to come

Dinners will be from an a la carte menu, pricing will be similar to our daily menu.

All This Beauty: Hamachi and King Salmon




Hamachi crudo. 

There are lots of gorgeous things on the menu, and these two dishes are particularly stunning. For the next few days, we’ll be having:

  • Crudo of Japanese hamachi, with hazelnut milk, lightly fermented cucumber, pickled green apple, harissa verde, and fennel flowers
  • Pan-roasted king salmon with fall vegetables. Last Sunday, it was accompanied by fennel purée, broccoli di ciccio, fregola di Sardo, and preserved lemon-fennel pollen salsa verde

These will be available for the next two nights or so, until they run out — we’re at the tail end of Alaskan king salmon season just now.

Stop on by! We’d love to see you.


King Salmon. Photo by Joan Benney


2017-09-12T15:46:32-07:00October 4th, 2016|Coming up..., Events, Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

New Oil and Fall Delights

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 It’s Fall (Finally)

Mild it may be, but it is indeed fall. The afternoon light is as rich as egg yolk, the clocks have shifted, and our menu has shifted too.

Nocellara olio nuovo has just arrived from Sicily. It’s an intensely green oil made from nocellara del Belice olives (the same ones which, when cured correctly, become extra-mild Castelvetrano olives for the table). At the moment, we’re drizzling it on our ribollita, an autumn vegetable soup with smoked tomato, Tuscan kale, and poached egg.

Other things to look forward to:

  • locally produced new oils (we’re currently scouting these out)
  • our annual Truffle Dinners, set for November 17th through the 21st

On the menu this week…

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Pan-roasted chicken rolata with braised Lacinato kale, King Trumpet mushrooms, and chicken sugo

Vitello tonnato
classic Northern Italian cold veal with tuna sauce

Charcoal-grilled local pole-caught Albacore with fresh Cranberry beans, eggplant puree, cherry tomatoes, and Armenian cucumber


This week’s aged wines by the glass:

Barbaresco, “Riserva,” Barale 1999

Barolo, “Vigna Castellero,” Barale, 1999


2017-09-12T15:47:15-07:00August 22nd, 2014|Market Reports, Summer|0 Comments

First Tomatoes

Average temperatures out in Yolo County have been hot but not too hot (95 degrees during the day, low 70s at night) which is great for summer produce. Lots of stuff hitting the market (and the menu) this week including Cranberry beans, zucchini, corn, egglant, and YES, tomatoes! Mainly cherry tomatoes but also our first Early Girls from Riverdog Farm. Chef Rhodehamel has been dehydrating these, then lightly smoking and serving them in a traditional southern Italian dish:

Cavatelli with Santa Barbara sea urchin, smoked Early Girl tomatoes, Calabrian chili, and parsley

Also decidedly summer:

Soup of Brentwood corn with salsa of cherry tomatoes, Jalapeño pepper, and basil

Charcoal-grilled shrimp-stuffed squid with eggplant puree, fresh Cranberry beans, and marinated cherry tomatoes

2017-09-12T15:47:19-07:00June 27th, 2014|Market Reports, Summer|0 Comments

Stone fruit from Blossom Bluff


Although cherries got hit hard this year, peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots seem to have been less affected with most varieties appearing right on schedule and in good supply. As we head towards July many of the mid-season varieties are taking a turn on both the Oliveto dinner menu and the dessert menu and occasionally showing up in the early a.m. cafe in the form of a pop-up crostata (which goes great with an cappuccino btw).

Fran looking cute in her fruit hat

Fran looking cute in her fruit hat


Santa Rosa Sour
Platte Valley straight corn whiskey; Santa Rosa plum; Oliveto white peach shrub; lime; egg white; Angostura bitters


Terrina of pigeon with pistachios, Santa Rosa plums, old aceto balsamico, and crostino

Panzanella of grilled peaches with wild arugula, balsamic vinegar, and Pecorino cheese



Apricot sorbetto

Blossom Bluff aprium crostata with almond ice cream

Oven-roasted Regina peach with shortcake and fennel pollen

This Just In: freaky spring produce!

We can’t believe we’re about to say this, but…asparagus. Artichokes. Radicchio!

Clockwise: treviso tardivo, rossa di verona, orchidea rossa, with variegata di chioggia in the center

Clockwise: treviso tardivo, rossa di verona, orchidea rossa, & variegata di chioggia in the center

Due to a record warm January, farmers just south of here in Monterey County are already offering produce we don’t usually see until well into March.

It’s disturbing but at the same time, we must admit, delicious. Martin Bournhonesque hooked us up with some of this unusually early produce that will be on the menu this week:

Roast pork belly with artichokes two ways and long-cooked onions

Salad of roast asparagus with little gem lettuces, radish, preserved lemon and herb crema

Poached farm egg with duck confit potato hash cake, black trumpet mushrooms, and asparagus

and in the Oliveto Cafe...

Tuscan-style sausage with Treviso radicchio, red flint corn polenta, and arugula


2017-09-12T15:47:26-07:00February 18th, 2014|Market Reports, Oliveto Cafe, This Just In, Winter|0 Comments

2013 Tomato Season: Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

Dirty Girl Produce at South Berkeley Farmers' Market 9/10/13

Dirty Girl Produce at South Berkeley Farmers’ Market 9/10/13

This really has been a record year for tomatoes. Here we are well into September, the Tomato Dinners having ended almost three weeks ago, and the farmers’ markets are still overflowing with delicious tomatoes. This year’s peak is actually more of a plateau, where there are amazing dead ripe tomatoes available for weeks on end, due in most part to the steady heat we’ve had. Of particular note are those incredible dry-farmed Early Girls from Dirty Girl Produce. We know we’ve mentioned these before but this year’s crop is exceptional.

We dropped by the Berkeley farmers’ market yesterday to chat with Sales Manager, Stella Araiza about why this year’s tomatoes are just so darn good.

Turns out two waves of tomatoes were planted this year on a newer plot of land in Watsonville that has super rich soil. Because the soil is so rich, the plants continue to flower and flower, producing more and more tomatoes! Because tomato plants really need to be stressed to get that intense flavor, in Stella’s words the soil may actually be ‘too good’.

The first wave peaked right in time for the 2013 Tomato Dinners at Oliveto. The second wave of plantings is just now coming to harvest and the tomatoes are pretty big…bigger than what you normally would expect from an Early Girl. Stella said the first tomatoes in a wave are always a little on the big side, but again, because the soil is so good these big Early Girls are even bigger than usual. They still taste a whole lot better than your average tomato, but they don’t have that super condensed vibrancy the smaller Early Girls are known for. By the end of this week the second wave should be in full swing and there will be less size variation…

First of the second wave...Dirty Girl Produce 9/10/13

First of the second wave…Dirty Girl Produce 9/10/13

but there are still A LOT OF TOMATOES. So many in fact that Dirty Girl will host its first ever Tomato U-Pick at their farm in Watsonville coming up on September 29th. Check their Facebook page for updates. In the meantime, Early Girls continue to grace the current Oliveto menu and probably will be showing up here and there well into October. On the menu this week:

Salad of heirloom and dry-farmed Early Girl tomatoes with avocado, fresh Cayenne pepper, Armenian cucumber, and Parmesan cheese

Charcoal-grilled flatbread with dry-farmed Early Girl tomatoes, house-made ricotta, Genovese basil, and Frantoio di Campagna olive oil

2017-09-12T15:47:36-07:00September 11th, 2013|Market Reports, Summer|0 Comments
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