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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Northern Italian Credo to Open in the FiDi Jan. 18

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 4:33 PM

click to enlarge The building once housed a Chinese bank.
  • The building once housed a Chinese bank.
Credo, the FiDi trattoria owned by political consultant and real estate macher Clint Reilly, is planning a Jan. 18 opening, according to GM Tim Felkner. Chef of the 75-seat restaurant in a one-time Chinese bank at 360 Pine (at Leidesdorff) is Italian-trained Mario Maggi, who's been overseeing catering at nearby Julia Morgan Ballroom, another Reilly property.

The cuisine? Old school-ish Northern Italian, lunch and dinner, with entrees from $10 to $18 at the former, and $12 to $28 at the latter: thin-crust pizzas fired in a gas oven, house-made pasta, and risotti, with dinner entrees like braised lamb shank with polenta, roasted Cornish hen, and pan-seared potato-crusted salmon. Felkner was most recently assistant manager at Corso in Berkeley, reportedly a Reilly favorite.

Maybe the most striking thing about Credo ("I believe" in Latin) is its arty wall panels incorporating quotes from historical figures and celebs, each starting out with "I believe." "Everyone from Martin Luther King Jr. to Howard Stern," Felkner explained. "We're the only restaurant that has an editor." A helpful thing to have around, in case the food is in need of a drastic rewrite.

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