Just got back home after a three hour meal at Dopo…my first time and there….and baby jaeesuz was that ever amazing!
My favorite dish of the night was the scallop sausage (yes folks, it really was scallops made into sausage, big FAT sausage, sliced and tasting like nothing I’ve ever had before) which was simply divine.
If i can remember correctly we also got the Salumi plate with eight different kinds of meat heaven. Bread with lard spread…ayup, LARD! Delicious bacony creamy lard…just eat it and tell your sweetie it’s white butter. *winkwink* Oysters and clams on the half shell, which always get me bouncing in my seat. A huge dish of halibut radish crudo (crudo is Italian for ‘kicka** raw fish’, or at least at Dopo it is). A small plates platter with stuffed roasted quail, mussels in red sauce on toasted bread (my words do absolutely no justice to this), and the aforementioned scallop AMAZING ™ sausage. This is where the skys opened up and angels sang to us from above.
Wait…i’m not done yet!
We also had to try the fresh pasta that Dopo makes onsite. We had ravioli filled with sage seasoned beef cheeks and cream sauce, and some amazing tagliatelle with lamb. AND ON TOP OF ALL THIS, our fearless leader insisted we eat pizza. Okay, I admit by this point both my head and my belly were exploding but how could I refuse? Pizza it was, three kinds to be exact and if you’re going to try some then I recommend definitely including the standard buffalo mozzerella with basil tomato sauce. This is pizza perfection in simplicity.
The staff was incredibly gracious throughout our never-ending meal…always being attentive and pairing each dish with a great wine. To top it all off we desperately needed espresso and tastings from the dessert menu. There was no way I was going to last the drive home without a sugar and caffeine pick-me-up! Needless to say I think we ordered one of everything, but if you can only pick one dessert then go for the espresso panna cotta. Oh yea, and the cannolis……and errr, the pistachio gelato. Uh yea…just one dessert, ahem.
This is how the Italians roll.
Dopo does not have a website but you can find them on Yelp. They’re located at 4293 Piedmont Ave in Oakland.
A warm day hinting of Summer…in the kitchen with others. Low level laughter, smiles, hushed bakers listening intently. We’re here to learn. Flour, butter, water. The simplest of things, yet so many mysteries to unravel. In the freezer…from ice cold to piping hot; from brick and mortar we build this wonderful thing of baked goodness. Fresh from the oven. This is home. Hands moving softly, back and forth, spinning. Like a dance of tradition. I’m reaching for apron strings…thinking of grandmother.
Photos by Kung Foodie,
at the Eggbeater Baking Class
I somehow managed to get the heck outta Dodge last month for a mini weekend vacation in Santa Cruz. The weather was a perfect 70-something with sunshine and blue skies. The goal of our adventure…relax, love, drink wine, eat good food, and listen to the ocean waves. The world would be a better place if we all had to do this more often.