Greater East Bay
Postino 3565 Mt. Diablo Blvd., (925) 299-8700. L M-F, D daily; $$$.
Built in 1937 as the town post office (“postino” means postman in Italian), this atmospheric historic building has a romantic storybook-style architecture featuring thick-slate roofs and vintage brick walls. Dining occurs in an assortment of cozy rooms both big, plus on a heated patio. It is the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion. Particularly tasty items include a spectacular crisp Caesar salad with delicious dressing, housemade pappardelle with a tomato-ground beef Bolognese sauce, and long-braised short ribs.
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