Located at 125 Water St., formally The Old Nathanial Inn, Merienda’s is a perfect place for a romantic bite to eat with a loved one; yet also provides a comfortable atmosphere to catch up and relax with friends. This is the first restaurant and wine bar featuring authentic tapas and cicchetti style-dishes, with an accompanying savory yet affordable wine list - five different European wines available at just $25 a bottle.
Craig Corsetti, executive chef and owner, has years of experience in the industry holding various positons all over the world. He’s worked in the kitchens of Florence, Italy, and under James Beard Award winning chefs is Washington, D.C. Pair that up with his 18 years of experience at The Newport Vineyards and it’s no wonder Merienda’s is such a delectable place. His passion for authentic cuisine and extensive knowledge of wine is evident in this charmingly unique venue.
For those of you who don’t know – I didn’t either – cicchetti is a Venetian term meaning savory snacks or small side dishes, typically served in a bar or informal restaurant. Similarly, tapas means small Spanish savory dishes, typically served with drinks at a bar. What this translates to is that there’s a great new spot to try delicious small plates paired with thoughtfully selected imported wines or craft beer. So get out there, try something new and support your local businesses. Tell Craig that the East Bay Chamber of Commerce sent you. Cheers!