As a Korean-American foodie who resides in West Oakland, I’m lucky that there’s a slew of fine eateries not too far from our home all along Telegraph Avenue in Temescal.
The Mangalitsa pig was born out of a 19th-century Austro-Hungarian experiment in cross breeding, with a wild boar and a lard pig. In the past few years the succulent pork has gained devotees in the U.S., too.
Despite its name, the “pot pig” experiment isn’t an attempt to develop a new meaty treat for stoners. Instead, a Seattle butcher is feeding marijuana seeds, stems and root bulbs to swine as a cheeky money-saving measure.
Pork is a constant at Oliveto. The menu revolves around it. On any given day, prep chefs can be seen breaking down a hog into various cuts –shoulder, loin, leg — and then processing them into porchetta, pancetta, scallopine, sausage or salumi.