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On the Neighborhood Food Prowl

In each Berkeley Neighborhoods Council eNEWS edition, our BNC reviewer (who will always be anonymous) will include a review of a favorite neighborhood food business.  The choice for this issue is in the Gourmet Ghetto of North Berkeley:  drum roll please.

Lo Coco's
1400 Shattuck Ave. at Rose Street
Berkeley, CA 94709

Lo Coco's is a small Italian restaurant tucked away in the triangle between Shattuck Ave.  and Rose Street across from the newly remodeled Safeway store.  It's moderately priced with entrées ranging from $11.50 to $18.75, and pizza from $15.50 to $24.00.  We visited the restaurant on Thursday evening in late July of this year, and it was completely full by 7 pm.

We started with fried calamari that was not greasy and very tender served with a lovely lemon sauce.  We also had eggplant parmigiana with a fresh tomato and basil sauce and then the special Sicilian pizza that had pine nuts, currants, sautéed onions and a soft melted cheese on a medium thick crust.  Our last dish was simply prepared gnocchi.  There were 4 people in our group.  The average cost per person of our 4 dishes, including 2 desserts and tip, was $25.00.

Their regular pizza is also a favorite and reminds this reviewer of the pizza he had long ago in New York's Little Italy.

All-in-all, the food was great, the service was excellent and LoCoco receives our recommended neighborhood choice award for August.