Cocktails at Gio’s, opening soon in Berkeley. Photo: Melati Citrawireja

Sneak peek: Gio’s Pizza and Bocce (formerly Giovanni) in Berkeley (Nosh)
Cold and chewy: chilled noodles at Itani Ramen say Japanese summer (Oakland Magazine)
Umami Mart’s Matsuri party returns (East Bay Express)
Weekender’s guide to Oakland (Sunset)
A review of Drip Line Café in West Oakland (Focus Snap Eat)
Strawberry cream pie redux — with vanilla bean, custard and cream (Butter, Sugar, Flowers)