Brave the wilds of Oakland
tonight, and you can savor $1 tastes served by a straight-up Italian gondolier. Franklin Square Wine Bar
in restaurant-frenzied Uptown is pouring wines from the Roero region of Piedmont
. Mario Roagna, winemaker for Cascina Val del Prete
, will be uncorking Arneis, Barbera, and Nebbiolo (expect up to six 1-ounce tastes for your buck). Oh, and the gondolier? Angelino Sandri, who punts romantics around Lake Merritt
for Gondola Servizio
, and even sings. We're not kidding.