Come along with Nosh as we explore the East Bay food scene in photographs. This week we focus on Desco, at 499 Ninth St., in Old Oakland. The restaurant, which emphasizes seasonally fresh, ingredient-driven regional Italian cuisine, is overseen by executive chef Donato Scotti, who grew up in Italy. The 50-seat dining room has rustic wooden furnishings and a vintage brick wall, which contribute to a comfortable, old-world feel. Outdoor sidewalk seating and a copper-topped bar add to the decor. Desco is open daily: Monday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 3-9 p.m. If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photographs by Emilie Raguso.)
The menu changes seasonally; see the current dinner menu here. The restaurant invited Nosh to try its offerings with a complimentary meal for two.
Nosh on the town: Venga Paella in Oakland (11.12.13)
Nosh on the town: Homestead on Piedmont Avenue (09.24.13)
Nosh on the town: Dishcrawl in Jack London Square (08.28.13)
Nosh on the town: Build Pizzeria in Berkeley (08.13.13)
Italian restaurant Desco opens in Oakland (08.06.13)
Nosh on the town: Stella Nonna in Berkeley (07.30.13)
Nosh on the town: HS Lordships in Berkeley (06.25.13)
Nosh on the town: FuseBOX in West Oakland (05.20.13)
Nosh on the town: Pizza Moda in Berkeley (04.08.13)
Nosh on the town: Miss Ollies in Old Oakland (04.01.13)
Nosh on the town: Crixa Cakes (03.25.13)
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