Must Love Dogs

These two neighborhood favorites are dog-friendly and both are Italian with different twists – Italian Colors in the Montclair district and Ballanico Restaurant and Wine Bar in the Glenview district of Oakland.

Italian Colors

Owners Alan Carlson and Steve Montgomery started Italian Colors 23 years ago and many of their staff have been with them a very long time. They say they are always undergoing a culinary evolution so their menu changes frequently, but I seem to always be able to have my favorite dishes. Lots of creative salads (best Kale salad last summer), house-made pasta, excellent fish and a wonderful daily specials menu. Sometimes it is just perfect to sit at their supper bar and enjoy an appetizer with a glass of wine.

A soothing waterfall makes the patio an easy place to have lunch with your best friend. If you ask, they will bring your dog a bowl of water.

Italian Colors is located just a bit outside  Montclair Village at  2220 Mountain Blvd. in a small shopping mall. 510-482-8094


Bellanico Restaurant & Wine Bar

It’s fun to have lunch at Bellanico  and chat with the owner Elizabeth Frumusa, or E, as she is called. She will always introduce you to a new wine as you ponder the menu. All their pasta is house-made and their unique sauces are scrumptious. I love the ravioli.

Take a look at their Facebook page and you will certainly want to take your appetite to this wonderful Italian restaurant.

KQED’s Check, Please! reviewed  Bellanico Restaurant & Wine Bar at 4238 Park Boulevard (at Wellington Street). Check it out. Your dog will be glad you did. 510-336-1180