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Celebrate Your Thanksgiving at C’era Una Volta This Year! Indulge in savory Italian cuisine with a Thanksgiving twist.

Reservations Available 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Call for your reservation today!


Pre-Order by TUESDAY November 25th

Menu follows below




Create your own Thanksgiving Meal

 or Order Family Style for your Whole Table

$35 — 3 Course Meal  (Antipasto/Insalata, Secondo Piatto, and Dolce)

$40 — 4 Course Meal  (3 Course, plus Primo Piatto )

For Children under ten

Entrée plate:           $15 or Children’s Pasta:    $10

Includes beverage and gelato

Antipasto or Insalata

Burrata Mozzarella 

Creamy fresh Mozzarella with tomatoes & balsamic.

Sformatino di Verdure

Potato soufflé with carrots, zucchini and bell peppers.

Insalata di Thanksgiving

Romaine, Persimmon, Grapefruit & Mozzarella with mint & basil dressing finished with balsamic reduction.


Primo Piatto

 Family Style ~ Choose two

Ravioli di Zucca Ravioli filled with Butternut Squash in a sage & butter cream sauce.

Tacconi alla Senese  Pasta topped with our rosemary Chianti meat sauce.


Secondo Piatto

Family Style  ~  choose two

Tacchino  Roasted Turkey,  both white and dark meats.

Agnello in Umido Lamb stew served on a bed of polenta.

Filetto di Salmone Salmon Filet.

Melanzane alla Parmigiana Eggplant Parmigiana.


Contorni  ~  “Trimmings”

Cranberry Relish & Stuffing Served at Each Table

Choice of two

Family Style  ~  a bit of all four dishes

 Garlic Mashed Potatoes  A C’era Una Volta Tradition

Swiss Chard “Misto”  Mix of  Red & Green Swiss Chard

Eggplant “Caponata”  Green beans & cubes of eggplant in a sweet sour sauce with celery, raisins & olives.

Roasted Vegetables with Rosemary  A Medley of Roasted Butternut Squash, Carrots and Parsnips.

Dolce e Caffé  ~  Dessert with coffee

Pumpkin Tart  Pumpkin Pie Perfected.
Cranberry Pear Tart   with whipped cream.

Torta Pecan Pecans & Chocolate in a pastry shell

Torta Limon Short pastry shell with tart Lemon Custard

Warm Apple Tart Short pastry crust filled with lightly spiced apples in a glaze topped with almond paste.

Refreshing Sorbet Blackberry Caberbet sorbet served with fresh whipped cream.



Meal for Two: $30  *  with a bottle of wine: $50

Choice of one Item below, Salad, Vegetables & Mashed Potatoes with Gravy

·        Turkey

·        Stuffed Cornish Hen

·        Eggplant Parmigiana

·        Lamb Stew

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"There is no disputing good taste."

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A Philosophy of Taste 

While growing up just after World War II in Livorno, Italy, we had few luxuries. Though our town had been destroyed, we were determined to laugh, love and live well with what little we had. I learned to take pleasure in the sensation of being alive, and my appreciation for taste rose above all else.

Food is more than just fuel that feeds our bodies – it is the universal and indispensible means of conveying our traditions and shared community. Food with tradition and with “soul” is the central expression of special occasions in cultures around the world.

The culinary arts celebrate our sense of taste, creating the meals that not only nourish our bodies, but also create experiences that become a true part of us by remaining in our memories.

Taste, in this sense, is a reflection of our culture, our society, our humanity. Taste is what anchors us to the traditions of our past, and becomes the path to preserving our future culture.

In my philosophy, food maintains our bodies – taste sustains life.

I dedicate my work to my mamma, Floriana, whom I appreciate for teaching me simplicity. Dedication is also due to Luciano Grapsa and Renato Porciatti who gave me lessons in life and passion for the culinary arts.

Chef Rutilio “Rudy” Fanetti-Durán


Thank you.  Contact us (click Contact us), call 510.769.4828 or visit our Alameda, CA Italian restaurant and wine bar for authentic Italian pastas, desserts and other great dishes!