4395 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
Mon-Wed. 5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Thu-Sat. 5:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Adesso is an Italian wine bar that serves up some tasty Italian small plates. They host an apertivi hour from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday (with the purchase of a drink; you can graze on the buffet of little bites). You can find a similar offering from 10:30-11:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and until midnight Thursday-Saturday. The wine list includes over 25 Italian wines by the glass and plenty more in bottles. They also make some good cocktails.
Adesso’s house-made salumi and pates are a must try. There are more than 30+ types of house cured meats, including lanza (cured pork loin with coriander) and goat prosciutto, and 10+ pates using meats such as duck, pigeon, rabbit and pork. His handiwork is displayed in a glass case at the salumi station, where the crew slices it into tissue-paper-thin slices to fan out on large platters, in piadina (flatbread) or in panini. A selection of antipasti includes oysters, salads and salt cod fritters. House-made gelato and flourless chocolate cake are available for dessert.
The only more recent problem that has been documented is that there is a “very very strong fried oil smell. I was warned that I will smell after going to this place and it was true! My coat and everything I was wearing seriously absorbed the essence of Adesso and lingered days after…it served as a constant reminder of their late night happy hour.” “When you come out of there, your clothes, body, and hair smells like grease.”
If you’re still hungry, walk down to Dopo, their sister restaurant, at 4293 Piedmont Ave (only a block or so away).
Italian small plates/bites
• 30+ Salumi (cured meats)
• apertivi hour from 5-7pm
• 25+ wines by the glass