"Angelo Auriana is a master at fresh-made pasta and risotto. You won't find this pasta anywhere but in Italy, and in my opinion, Auriana is the best Italian chef on the West Coast. The delicate porcini sauce with his rustic Italian pasta will have you savoring every bite. San Francisco is lucky to have him."
"I always just let Chikara order for me because I trust him to give me what he likes best. The real secret is that Chikara runs the sushi concession at Berkeley Bowl West. I'm obsessed with his ume onigiri. The rice is still warm and I have even seen him there in the morning when I stop for my on-the-go car snack/breakfast. Berkeley Bowl is technically in Berkeley, but sometimes you have to leave Oakland, and the onigiri makes it worth it."