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Riva Cucina

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Certificate of Excellence2017 Winner

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cup $5
bowl $8
passato di funghi
pureed mixed mushrooms soup w/ onion, potatoes, vegetable broth, parmigiano
$5.5 each
capesanta gratinata
day boat scallop baked in the shell w/ herb & breadcrumb, organic mixed greens, lemon
speck e rucola
smoked prosciutto, housemade mozzarella, wild arugula, lemon condimento
insalata di salmone affumicato
smoked salmon, red & green cabbage, red onion, fennel, lemon condimento
insalata con bruciatini
organic baby mixed greens, crispy pancetta, gorgonzola dolce crostini, balsamic condiment
burrata e pendolini
cream filled fresh mozzarella, mixed greens, caramelized cherry tomatoes, balsamico, extra virgin olive oil
red & yellow cluster tomatoes, english cucumber, red onion, red wine condimento, croutons, ricotta salata
carpaccio di bietole
organic chioggia beets, umbrian farro, organic baby romaine, chopped eggs, parmigiano, lemon condiment
tagliatelle bolognese
fresh pasta w/ traditional pork, beef, & tomato ragú, parmigiano
fettuccine ai funghi
spinach pasta sauteed w/ mixed mushrooms, thyme, garlic-infused olive oil & parmigiano
pappardelle al brasato
parsley pasta sautéed w/ slow-braised lamb shank, soffritto, herbs, wine, parmigiano
pasta al nero
squid ink pasta sautéed w/ squid, shrimp, bay scallop, marinara, red onion & white wine
panino con pollo
grilled petaluma farms free range chicken breast, avocado, wild arugula, roasted pancetta & aioli
panino alla salsiccia
Housemade Italian sausage, gorgonzola dolce, grilled fennel, wildarugula, aioli
panino all’agnello
ground‎ leg of lamb w/ roasted garlic & herbs, dijon mustard, caramelized onions, spinach
panino ai calamari
grilled wild caught calamari steak w/ caper & parsley aioli, organic spinach
panino alle melanzane
grilled eggplant, housemade mozzarella, sliced tomato, basil oil
merluzzo alla griglia
grilled local rock cod w/ herb & breadcrumb, roasted potatoes, sautéed spinach, lemon condimento
scaloppine ai capperi
sautéed‎ pork loin scaloppini w/ capers, lemon juice & white wine, sautéed spinach, roasted potatoes
spinaci al burro
sautéed organic spinach w/ butter & parmigiano
insalata mista
organic baby mixed greens, balsamic
bruschetta ai pomodori
grilled bread topped w/ tomatoes marinated in balsamic, extra virgin olive oil, basil
verdure alla griglia
grilled heirloom peppers, eggplant, zucchini, squash, basil oil
olio e pane
organic‎ acme sweet baguette served w/ housemade rosemary-infused extra virgin olive oil
torta al cioccolato
italian chocolate fondant cake
torta della nonna
Traditional Italian cake w/ lemon patisserie cream, pine nuts, almonds
panna cotta
"cooked creme" served w/ choice of chocolate shavings or seasonal fruit
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Lunch
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
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Reviewed 23 November 2018

I recently visited Belotti for lunch with a friend, and Donato & Co for dinner with a group, and so it was high time to revisit Riva Cucina, another of my favorite local Italian restaurants. I went for a Friday lunch with a long-time friend....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Andreas G
Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

We had not been to this restaurant in several years and were pleasantly surprised to find that it has gotten even better! We had two beet salads to share for the four of us. The portions were quite generous and the salad was excellent. Two...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 134JenniferH
Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

Usually I am not happy to taste italian food outside my country, but this worth! Had, in a typical Italian "trattoria" ambience, pasta with home made special sauce a glass of original Italian red wine...delicious. Tasteful basic home made bread with flavored olive oil. And...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank C8646UWalbertof
Reviewed 30 October 2018

A late call on a weekend night got us an earlyish table just off the kitchen. The restaurant is down the hill from the Univeristy and more populated centers in the industrial section of Berkeley. But the leisurely drive, easy parking, inviting restaurant approach and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank JoelZ195
Reviewed 18 September 2018

You will come upon this restaurant completely by surprise. We had the spinach, ricotta and parmigiana filled ravioli sautéed with a tomato cream and sage aurora; and the pappardelle paisley pasta sautéed with mixed mushrooms, thyme, garlic-infused oil and a boschetto truffled cheese. For dessert,...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Houlihan2
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Fresh food daily. Changing menu to cover the selections that are available to buy so it is seasonal and fresh food.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank richard g
Reviewed 27 August 2018

Exploring different restaurants in the SF Bay Area can be a lifetime endeavor. But we are often surprised and rewarded when we explore new places. This was the case with Riva Cucina. The location is out of the way but that's a plus because parking...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Ivette F
Reviewed 7 August 2018

A hidden gem I say.... worth it. Wonderful choices for everyone and wonderful service. This restaurant will not disappoint.... shrimp was my favorite!!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Nancy E
Reviewed 24 July 2018

We returned from a trip to Emilia-Romagna a few years ago to discover this gem. You will not find a more authentic Bolagnese food experience in the USA.

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank masSanFrancisco
Reviewed 2 June 2018

We were looking for some good Italian food while staying a couple of days in Berkeley. While the items we ended up choosing to eat were good, this was not an Italian restaurant. No real pasta dishes (spaghetti, linquini, fetticini, alfredo).

Date of visit: May 2018
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Fredrica P
15 February 2016|
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There's none on their menu, but I suggest you check with them at 510.841.7482
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