Fellini, the restaurant and café at 1401 University Avenue in Berkeley, shuttered in the fall, and now Grub Street catches wind that its replacement will be called Divino, from owner and Berkeley resident Marco Polo Garbarino. The focus is on Ligurian cuisine, and you can see the whole dinner menu here, which includes a “winter carbonara” with braised winter greens and pumpkin seeds; a Ligurian-style grilled-vegetable lasagna with herb pesto which Garbarino learned to make from his grandmother; and they’re doing both regular and gluten-free pizza.
Garbarino says his passion for food has culminated finally in the opening of his own restaurant. “There were always reasons not to follow this dream,” he says. “But over time those have all but faded away, and today Divino is a reality.” The opening appears to be approaching any day, but you can check Twitter for updates. [Grub Street]
Divino - 1401 University Avenue at Acton, Berkeley - 510.841.5200 - Open daily at 5:30 p.m. for dinner. Saturday and Sunday brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Opening date TBA.