It’s easy to pretend you’re in Tuscany when you step into C’Era Una Volta… located at 1332 Park Street in the quiet tree-lined Redwood Square, a cobblestoned promenade leads you to this hidden gem with a canopy of amber lights laced with trumpet vines. Tucked away off the main street, the ambiance is European and cozy.
C’Era Una Volta is the Italian phrase for “Once Upon a Time.” And just like every good story, the telling paints a picture with its words. From the day they opened their doors in 2004, C’Era Una Volta has received numerous awards for their regional Italian dishes, warm hospitality, romantic ambiance, and extensive wine selection.
Whether it’s dinner, brunch, a special Sunday morning breakfast menu, or a tasty bar menu, Chef Rutilio “Rudy” Fanetti-Duran pours his heart and soul into his Tuscan-influenced food — it’s “slow cooking” with love and respect. Favorites include Antipasto, Gnocchi, Pesto Pasta, Lobster Ravioli, Lamb Loin Chops, and Steak Florentine. All of the delicious dishes are even better when finished with traditional Italian Gelato for dessert.
C’Era Una Volta is also host to cabaret-style dining featuring Virginia Iglesias & Flamenco Dance Company, Island City Opera, and faculty concerts of Alameda String Academy. Saturday night music sets the scene for a great night out with family, friends, or that special date.
When asked why he named his restaurant C’Era Una Volta, Chef Rudy responds: “I want the dining experience to be like a very old, traditional story; where there is the spirit of entering someone’s home, perhaps a good friend or a family member; where someone will take very good care of you. There is no need to rush. Guests can take their time to enjoy the food, the art on the walls, one another’s company, and the music. I always include musical performances because music is an expression of the human spirit. “
A taste of Italy and a relaxing dining experience awaits you just a short walk from the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex!
For information or reservations, call (510) 769-4828 or go online: www.ceraunavolta.us
The private dining room and mezzanine is available for meetings, conferences, and customized full-service catered parties.
Catering by C’Era Una Volta:
Enjoy the time-tested culinary traditions of Italy in the comfort of your own home or office. Chef Rudy and the catering department can tailor a menu to fit your specific needs for special events, receptions, weddings, and conferences.
Upcoming Events at C’Era Una Volta:
Sunday, April 3 – Una Noche Flamenca
Enjoy exquisite cuisine in an intimate setting and experience the artistry of the Bay Area’s finest flamencos. Virginia Iglesias & Company inspires audiences with both traditional and modern flamenco music and dance. The 4-course chef’s dinner and show is $45 to $70 per person, depending on seating area. Dinner seating starts at 5:00pm and the Flamenco show starts at 6:15pm.
Sunday, May 15 – Cari Amici Chamber Music Concert
Enjoy vibrant performances of the world’s best chamber music. The resident teaching artists of Alameda String Academy are distinguished and diverse international performers who call the Bay Area their home. In this Salon Music concert, ASA has commissioned a new work by San Francisco-based composer, Danny Clay. The event starts with a 4-course dinner at 5:00pm, with the concert to follow at 6:15pm. Reservations are required, and tickets range from $45 to $75.
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