June 24, 2011

Pleasanton: Nonni's Bistro; restaurant review

chef-owner Jon Magnusson pours wine at Nonni's Bistro in Pleasanton, California
Greater East Bay

Nonni’s Bistro 

425 Main St., downtown, (925) 600-0411.

Born in Iceland, chef-owner Jon Magnusson has traveled and cooked in kitchens all over the world. He jokes he came to Pleasanton “to get away from my second ex-wife.” Her loss, our gain. The setting at Nonni's Bistro is one open room with banquettes along the wall and tables topped with white cloths topped with white butcher paper. Menu items are prepared with care and extremely tasty—salad with house basil dressing, cedar-wood salmon, peppered short rib—but desserts are exceptional—don’t miss the crepes stuffed with fresh ricotta and surrounded with vibrant raspberry and mango sauces. Live jazz and windows that open to the summer air are coming.

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