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Donato & Co. Opening Party

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Ravioli from the upcoming restaurant. - PHOTO COURTESY OF NADIA ANDREINI
  • Photo courtesy of Nadia Andreini
  • Ravioli from the upcoming restaurant.

Desco chef Donato Scotti is back with a new, more upscale venture in the Elmwood neighborhood. Taking over the former Advocate space, Donato & Co. will put a contemporary spin on rustic Italian cuisine and notably specialize in open-fire cooking. Friday's grand opening party is called "Apericena," after a popular Italian dinner format full of antipasti and small plates. Fittingly, expect to sample a lot of antipasti and small plates, including handmade stuffed pastas, charcuterie, and a whole roasted pig. Tickets include three drinks — choose from wine, Prosecco, and a couple of cocktails — and unlimited bites. Plus, some proceeds will be donated to the Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program.

Friday, Oct. 6, 6-9 p.m., $46.75, Donato & Co., 2635 Ashby Ave., Berkeley.

Editor's note: Unfortunately tickets for this event have sold out.

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