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Opening alert: iTalico in Palo Alto

Uploaded: Jul 25, 2016
The owners of California Avenue Italian restaurant Terún opened this weekend iTalico, a second Italian restaurant just down the street.

iTalico moved into 341 California Ave. after Fire, Oak & Barley’s eight-month run there. Family-owned Bay Area bakery company Le Boulanger opened the fast-casual restaurant in August 2015; it shuttered suddenly in April.

The restaurant's name comes from the ancient Greek word "Italói," which the Greeks used to refer to the first habitants of the southern peninsula of Italy, known today as Calabria, according to the iTalico website.

The opening dinner menu at iTalico includes a range of small plates, salads, homemade pastas, entrees and sides:

Co-owner Franco Campolingo said some items might change and/or be modified, so don’t get too attached. View the dinner menu on the restaurant's website here, and the beer and wine lists here.

The Terún team has completely revamped the large space that, before Fire, Oak & Barley, was home to a longtime thrift store and florist. (The Le Boulanger owners rebuilt the two spaces into a 158-seat dining room with a full kitchen and a wood-burning oven imported from Italy.)

Photographs posted on the iTalico Facebook page show a large display wall of wine bottles at the entrance, a bar, French doors separating the main dining room from two private rooms and new decor.

Campilongo opened Terún (then named Terrone) at 448 California Ave. with his brother Maico and cousin, Kristyan d' Angelo, in February 2013.

The restaurant took home best pizza for the first time in the Palo Alto Weekly’s 2016 Best Of competition, and also won for Italian restaurant.

Opening hours for iTalico are Tuesday through Saturday, 5-10 p.m. and Sunday, 5-9 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
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Posted by hungry, a resident of another community,
on Jul 26, 2016 at 9:10 am

Expensive pasta.

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Posted by Reader, a resident of another community,
on Jul 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm


"Expensive pasta."

No one is pointing a gun at your head and telling you to eat there. Vote with your dollars.

Guess what? Chez Franc went out of business because they couldn't find a business model to keep them afloat.

That said, with California Avenue commercial real estate prices, it'll be interesting to see whether or not this restaurant is still around in 6-12 months.

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Posted by Poster, a resident of Downtown North,
on Aug 3, 2016 at 4:28 pm

@hungry Thanks for the info. Now I won't have to go all the way there to find out it is overpriced.

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Posted by hungry, a resident of Palo Verde,
on Aug 3, 2016 at 4:56 pm

This is where free market real estate breaks down.
Food needs to be expensive to pay for the huge rents.

Food does not scale, chains are crap up to and including Morton's.

Good luck eating expensive mcdonalds all your life.

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