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Friday, Jun 21 2013

Fournée: Classic French bakery now open in Berkeley across the street from some of the Claremont's tennis courts. Frank Sally's new place is serving up staples like baguettes, levain, four types of croissants, and three choices of scones. Coffee to come soon, along with seasonal pizzas. 2912 Domingo Ave., Berkeley, (510) 549-9434.

Kitchen Mojo: Replacing the shuttered Pizza Nostra in Potrero Hill, owner Winona Matsuda has opened this amalgam of cuisines with a little help from the owners of HRD Coffee Shop. Along with burgers, salads, and fries, there are unique items like popcorn shrimp kimchi po' boys and Asian burritos. 300 De Haro, 552-6656.

Novela: Literature is the theme at this clubby bar at Mission and Third. Drinks are named after characters from novels like Leopold Bloom (hibiscus gin, pineapple syrup, mint) and Atticus Finch (bourbon, Earl Grey honey, balsamic bitters). But the star of the menu is the six flavors of punch on tap. 862 Mission.

MKT Restaurant and Bar: Five floors above bustling Market Street inside the Four Seasons, this New American spot offers small plates including steak tartar, kimchi-steamed mussels, and marinated olives, as well as mains and seasonal cocktails. 757 Market, 633-3000.

Palio Pronto: The Financial District has a new option for pizza in a hurry. Run by Martino DiGrande, this new lunch window is the fast casual sibling of Palio d'Asti, and aims to act like a stationary food truck. Simple menu choices include rotating Sicilian-style slices ($5), salads, tiramisu, and cannoli. 635 Commercial, 395-9800.

Stella Nonna: Filling the space left by the Wilderness Exchange, this new Berkeley venture is headed by Tim Carlon and Sarah Nasgovitz, who have been running a catering business by the same name for 15 years. Their initial dinner menu shows some heavy American and Italian influences in a modern space. 1407 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, (510) 524-3400.

Trattoria da Vittorio: Now open in West Portal, this southern Italian and pizza spot takes its name from owner Vittorio d'Urzo, who has previously managed Italian restaurants in the Peninsula. The menu features housemade pastas and gnocchi, short ribs Genovese, veal, and pizza fired in the restaurant's centerpiece red-tiled pizza oven. 150 West Portal, 742-0300.

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