Check, Please! Bay Area: Season 3: Episode 3 (#303)

Check, Please! Bay Area’s third season episode 3 (#303) profiles and reviews these three Bay Area restaurants:

1) Capannina: | restaurant information | reviews |

2) Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen: | restaurant information | reviews |

3) Playground: | restaurant information | reviews |

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Leslie SbroccoMy name is Leslie Sbrocco and I’m the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. Each week, I will be sharing my tasting notes about the wine the guests and I drank on set during the taping of the show. Also, in my “What to Sip” suggestions, I choose one restaurant from each show and offer tips for selecting libations to enjoy with your meal.

Wines of the Week: KQED Wine Club

From the KQED Wine Club come our selections poured on this week’s show. Join the club!

2006 A to Z Oregon Riesling, Oregon
A to Z is well known for producing affordable wines that showcase the uniqueness of Oregon. This Riesling is crisp, bright, and food-friendly. Grab some Thai take-out or grill a piece of fresh fish and enjoy.

What to Sip: Capannina Ristorante
This bustling spot on Union Street vibrates with energy. Fueling the fun is a wine list that focuses on Italian selections with a handful of California bottles for good measure. With a group and don’t want to spend a fortune on vino? Order a bottle of the crowd-pleasing Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio ($36). This light white hails from Tuscany and is ideal with antipasto. Another interesting white to try is Arancio Grillo from Sicily ($32). With aromas of ripe fruit and toasted nuts, it’s a wine to handle rich pastas or fish. You can spend hundreds to sip a top red from Brunello di Montalcinos to Super Tuscans like Ornellaia, but you can also swirl the elegant Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico or earthy Valpolicella Ripasso for under $50. Both wines will complement meat dishes, cheeses, and red sauces while inspiring great conversation.

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  • Angela Zawadzki

    I’d like to discuss Céra una Volta i n Alameda. No weird pseudo Italian things; truly lovely food by Rudy, originally from Livorno, ( Tuscany) if you make an appointment he’ll prepare Cacciuco livornese, the fisherman’s stew from the the seaside town in Tuscany that gave birth to the Cioppino, we once ate in the Bay Area.

  • LolaX

    Wow, can’t get a more appropriate last name for anyone than “Older” for that Jules guy. Why does Check Please always have to have some old pompous, judgmental geezer like that on every episode???