[Photo: Christina McNeill]
Alameda is heating up with the arrival of Trabocco Kitchen and Cocktails, a 4,700-square-foot Italian restaurant helmed by chef Giuseppe Naccarelli and wife Christine. The new space, named for a type of Adriatic fishing pier, takes inspiration from its waterfront location: light sculptures inspired by fishing nets hang above the 90-seat dining room, and the design by Weisbach Design/Architecture emphasizes a clean, rustic feel. A 30-seat bar area and 56-seat heated outdoor dining patio make Trabocco a spacious addition to the Center Court shopping plaza.
Naccarelli is the former Vice President of Kitchen Operations at Il Fornaio, where he supervised chefs at 21 restaurant locations. Now, he hopes to showcase regional Italian specialties using locally-sourced and organic ingredients at his very own spot. The menu spans thin crust pizzas, wood-fired meats, and fresh housemade pastas, and includes a section of "stuzzichini", or small bites like braised pork belly and vegetable ragú and ahi tuna tartare. (See the dinner menu here.)
Per the name, cocktails share the spotlight at Trabocco, and Alameda neighbors St. George Spirits and Rock Wall Wine Company are heavily featured in the beverage offering. The cocktail list includes signature Hangar One drinks like the Milano Mule (Hangar One Mandarin Blossom, saffron, ginger beer
), as well as a variety of gin cocktails like the Trabocchino (St. George Terroir gin, Cocchi Americano, absinthe verte). All cocktails are $10. (Here's the full cocktail menu.)
For now, Trabocco is open for dinner only, but that will change in December, when the kitchen begins lunch and brunch service. At present, opening hours are Sunday-Thursday, 5-10 pm, and Friday-Saturday, 5-11 pm.
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