Looking for a mouthwatering Italian meal near you?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around Oakland, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to satisfy your cravings.
Looking to pop in to the latest popular spots? It's a good time now, since consumer spending at restaurants tends to grow in January in the Oakland area, considerably more than nationwide, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a software provider that also helps companies find free business advertising. Total affected businesses at Oakland-area restaurants last year rose by 9% in January over the month before.
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1. Italian Colors
First on the list is Italian Colors. Located at 2220 Mountain Blvd., Suite 100 (between Park Boulevard and Snake Road) in Shepherd Canyon, the music venue, bar and Italian spot is the highest-rated Italian restaurant in Oakland, boasting four stars out of 303 reviews on Yelp.
2. Belotti Ristorante E Bottega
Next up is Rockridge's Belotti Ristorante E Bottega, situated at 5403 College Ave. (between Hudson Street and Kales Avenue). With 4.5 stars out of 579 reviews on Yelp, the cocktail bar, wine bar and Italian spot has proven to be a local favorite.
Temescal's Pizzaiolo, located at 5008 Telegraph Ave. (between 51st and 49th streets), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the Italian and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers pizza and more, four stars out of 1,484 reviews.
4. À Côté Restaurant
À Côté Restaurant, a French, Spanish and Italian spot in Rockridge, is another high-traffic go-to, with four stars out of 1,308 Yelp reviews. Head over to 5478 College Ave. (between Lawton and Taft avenues) to see for yourself.
5. Spinning Dough
Over in Hoover/ Foster, check out Spinning Dough, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 302 reviews on Yelp. You can find the Italian and New American spot, which offers pizza and more, at 2935 Market St. (between San Pablo Avenue and 28th Street).