Oakland >Food & Dining > Lo Coco's Restaurant
4270 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA | Directions 9461137.828449 -122.249535
T-Th 4-10, F-Sa 4-11, Su 4-10
Neighborhoods: Piedmont Avenue
Incredible, authentic hand-made Pasta and Pizza – For the freshest, most delicious hand-made pasta in the Bay Area, don't miss LoCoco -- it is really one of the best Italian restaurants around. The Canneloni are worth the trip -- filled with a mixture of cheeses, veal, and artichoke hearts, and surrounded by a flavorful sauce that makes you want to lick the plate so you don't miss one drop. The Ensalada Imancipata is incredible -- tender greens in a light vinaigrette dressing, with pecans, blue cheese, currants, and olives. Don't miss the Pizza Paradiso -- it is a hand-tosssed crust, lively sauce, mozzarella, and ricotta cheese, simple but absolutely mouthwatering. We sometimes order it at the end of our meal "to go" so we can have it the next day. Above all else, save room for dessert -- the Cannoli are incredible -- Maria's aunt makes the authentic crisp shells, and they are filled with a wonderul blend of zabaglione, ricotta, and chocolate shavings -- there is really nothing like them anywhere else. The house-made Tiramisu is also wonderful, and entirely unlike the tired frozen varieties so often served elsewhere. The restaurant is relatively small, perfect for 2-6, but somewhat difficult for larger crowds unless you go in off-hours and definitely make prior arrangements. The house-made bread is wonderful. Service is attentive and excellent -- a very warm welcome awaits your LoCoco's visit.
LoCoco has that small town, neighborhood restaurant feel to it. The food is tasty; service is friendly and familiar. I ordered the LoCoco Special Pizza and will probably order it again next time. Glad we went here instead of the restaurant across the street, again, which I found mediocre, despite the hype.
very good – really wonderful staff -- good food, especially the pizzas, which are far better than others for the same price --- restaurant is very small and crowded. arrive early.
This place is so delicious and CHARMING – I just fell upon this place by accident and ordered a pizza and was absolutely wowed by it. Each time I go back I try something different and it's all been delicious. It is a small family run business. The wait staff are amazingly friendly, fun and kind. They give excellent wine selections. The only downside is they only take cash and it's a small restaurant, so there is often a wait. But it's well worth it!
Quaint spot on Piedmont – Line of folks waiting to have pizza that is the best in the area. fresh ingredients and wondrful service.
Family style – I have always been treated very well at Lococo's, and made to feel comfortable and welcome. Often have servers sat with us and chatted briefly.
The Italian entrees are very good and unpretentious and the pizzas are quite unique without trying too hard. Berkeley has more seating but I like the coziness of the Oakland site. At both places I almost always experience stellar service. I am reluctant to recommend this place because it gets crowded enough as it is but felt compelled to due to it's low score. The pies are excellent, good appetizers, very good entrees all at decent prices and a family biz atmosphere.
Fulfilling flavor, satisfying selection! – You may be convinced that Italian is easy to botch, especially in Rockridge/Piedmont's endless barrage of narrowly spliced Italian restaurants: but trust me, you can't cook better than Lo Coco's on your own. Their canneloni, a restaurant specialty, blew me away with its flavor: two baked, crepe-style noodles (different from the standard tube), injected with sausage and sprinkled with a moderate, yet flavorful flurry of cheese and sauce. For good comparison, my friend and I juxtaposed this hardy, tomato-sauced dish with a creamy seafood triumph called fetuccini al alaska, which was not drowned in cream, nor smothered by salmon or shrimp. Moderation was key, and we did not walk away bloaded, but highly satisfied by the range of tastes we partook in: never was it watery or immense. Pizza, the restaurant's specialty, takes the main focus, though do not overlook its less-Sicilian fare!
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