Mägo, chef Mark Liberman’s first solo restaurant, opens today on Piedmont Avenue, delivering what the chef hopes will serve as a neighborhood bistro.
To encourage neighborhood drop-ins, the chef is leaving plenty of space for walk-ins at the 45-seat restaurant, which has a small bar area, plus seating around the kitchen, in the dining room, and on the patio out back. Architect Wylie Price (Ramen Shop, Trick Dog), contributed to the minimalist room; along with large, bright windows up front, it has deep purple walls, wooden floors and bar tops, and a large open area showcasing the hearth (also the main cooking source).
“I want to make sure people can walk in from the neighborhood,” said Liberman, an Oakland resident. “For me it was very important to have a mixture of things that someone of any age and background can choose from.”
The rotating menu — which the chef says is based on 52 “micro seasons” — will always feature pastas, a sandwich, salads, and small plates, depending on what’s available. (Check out the menu here.) The bar menu, from bar director Adam Chapman (Gibson) will align to the menu with local beer, and cocktails that also rely on what’s in season, including the use of drinking vinegars, a house-infused amaro, and nocino made with walnuts from Liberman’s tree. Wines from around the world were curated by consultant Allegra Angelo, a fellow alum of AQ.
The restaurant is now open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
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