If you've never had the pleasure of eating black mulefoot pigs, you are truly missing out. Imagine the thought of your mouth salivating as you place a piece of nutty and luscious 16 month aged mulefoot proscuitto into your mouth. Black mulefoots are an extremely rare breed of swine known for its superior fatty flavor and it's very uncommon to see this breed of heritage pork offered at restaurants, yet it is a highlight at Lungomare.
Lungomare is an Italian restaurant that's located along the waterfront in Jack London Square with a heavy focus on locally sourced, high quality ingredients. It's been around since 2013, but it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that I had the pleasure of dining there with my friend Sandy (Foodhoe) as guests of the house. Our dining experience at Lungomare was wonderful- fantastic food (hello mulefoot piggies!), refreshing housemade fountain sodas, excellent service and beautiful waterfront views. More than anything else, Lungomare's food stands out because each dish makes me feels like I'm eating food that has been locally sourced, hunted, caught or foraged.
I am a sucker for housemade sodas, so I started the evening with a mandarin cream soda made with orange, roobios tea, vanilla and lactic acid, then moved onto the Thai basil ginger beer- I would highly recommend both.
Our feast begins with a heaven-sent black mulefoot charcuterie board featuring 16 month aged proscuitto, coppa di tessa (headcheese), ciccioli, and fuet, served with grilled bread and grain mustard.
The fuet is a medium-hard salami with wonderful chunks of back fat, and the ciccioli is soft, salty pork belly spread.
Sandy and I loved these locally caught sardines topped with golden raisins, peppers and pine nuts. These sardines were fresh and mildly flavored, not as strong as we know most sardines to be. The flaky fish and sweetness of the golden raisins combined with the buttery pine nuts and peppers makes this simple dish quite explosive in flavor. It reminds me of this Sicilian pasta dish that Patrick and I frequently make at home: pasta con le sarde.
Thank you for a fantastic dinner, Lungomare! I look forward to coming back for more.
1 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
- Dinner: Su-Th. 5:30p - 10:00p. Fri&Sat. 5:30p - 11:00p.
- Lunch: Mon-Fri. 11:00a - 3:00p.
- Cafe: Everyday. 6:45a - 4:00p.
- Mid Day: Everyday. 3:00p - 5:30p.
- Brunch: Sat&Sun. 9:00a - 3:00p.
- The Lounge: Everyday. 11:00a - till..