After shutting down their Oakland seafood restaurant Marica in July, the same family has returned with a new menu and redesigned space. Pizza Marica quietly opened in the same Rockridge location (5301 College Avenue) over the weekend, with new black-and-white floors, pale wood furnishings, and a more casual look. There’s a full bar, Italian starters, and a couple of pasta dishes, but the focus is obviously on pizza. Here, they’re thin-crust pies meant to be shared — the smallest option is the 12-inch size, which feeds three to four people — finished with a mix of classic and creative toppings. One pie, for example, features corn, pasilla chile, pickled onions, feta, and lime, while another feels like a callback to Marica’s old days with shredded lobster and lobster reduction. Pizza Marica is currently open from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. daily, and after Thanksgiving, they’ll add lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Polk Street Vietnamese restaurant Co Nam opened a second location in Oakland on Saturday. Located in the former Portofino space at 3936 Telegraph Avenue in Temescal, Co Nam specializes in south Vietnamese street food, plus build-your-own rice bowls and pho.
New wines, just in time for the holidays
Berkeley has a new kosher winery in Camuna Cellars, focusing on food-friendly and interesting wines. Their first release party — for a Barbera Rosé, Nebbiolo, and Carignan — will take place Sunday, December 9 at Spark Arts, 4229 18th Street in San Francisco.
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