Friday, October 15, 2010

Restaurant success linked to #charcuterie prowess

Jon Smulewitz just might be the prince of Piedmont Avenue. He and his wife, Kayta, own two of the most popular spots on the Oakland strip: Dopo and Adesso. And the young couple - he's 34, she's 30 - are expecting their second child in late December.

"In a lot of ways, I'm living the dream," says Smulewitz, also Dopo's executive chef.

While Dopo celebrated its seven-year anniversary in September, these days Smulewitz might be known more for his salumi at Adesso. The aperitivo bar opened last year just down the street from Dopo and features not one, but two, happy hours - with free nibbles to boot.

Adesso is the culmination of Smulewitz's impressive charcuterie chops. He learned the art of curing meats at Oliveto starting in 1999 under former chef and co-owner Paul Bertolli.

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