Harvest Fest This Sunday

C'era Una Volta brings a taste of Italy to the Island City of Alameda with delicious Tuscan and regional Italian dishes and an extensive Italian wine list.

“From the day we opened our doors in 2004 we have received numerous awards for our food, ambiance, service and wine selection,” said Chef Rudy Duran, one of only a handful of Bay Area chefs recognized by the Academia Italiana della Cucina for his authentic Italian cuisine.

“Every time we go to C'era Una Volta, we are so impressed by the incredible quality of the authentic food preparation,” one satisfied guest shared online.  “We have never had a bad meal or dish there, and the food is consistently super-high quality. The guest said that the risotto with mushrooms and was the best risotto he’d ever had anywhere, and that included trips to Italy over the years.

C'era Una Volta, voted Best Italian Restaurant in Alameda several times, invites you to join them this Sunday, Nov. 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. for a Harvest Festival, a fundraiser sponsored by the restaurant and Slow Food Alameda. Lorenzo Scarpone, founder of Slow Food San Francisco, will be there as a special guest.

Scarpone is a native of the Abruzzi region in central Italy. He was raised on a farm where his family produced their own food and grew their own grapes to make wine. He came to San Francisco and became sommelier at the noted Donatello Restaurant.

Slow Food is an organization that seeks to preserve local artisanal, culinary and viticultural traditions throughout the world.

C'era Una Volta will open for lunch Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Duran and his staff will be serving both traditional an Italian food with the sides you crave. Special wines will complement the meals. To learn more, call 769-4828.