Trabocco Kitchen & Cocktails hosted a fun and tasty benefit for the Alameda Civic Ballet on Friday, three days before it officially opens at South Shore Center on Monday, Nov.18.
Co-owner Christine Naish Naccarelli, a longtime dancer and board member of the ballet, staged the event along with fellow owner, husband and chef Giuseppe Naccarelli (above).
“We are so excited to bring something unique to Alameda,” she said. “The restaurant is exquisitely beautiful and we are amazed at how this vision has come together.”
(Restaurants have “soft openings” to get the service and kitchen staff used to working with customers, preparing meals and delivering them to clients in a timely fashion. The Naccarellis had a VIP event at their new restaurant on Saturday, Nov. 16.)
“From the beginning, we wanted a soft opening that would involve the Alameda Civic Ballet,” the co-owner said.
The Naccarellis began work on the restaurant about 18 months ago, when they heard that the previous Italian restaurant at the same location, Zeytini, had closed. “That piqued our curiosity,” Naish Naccarelli said.
Giuseppe Naccarelli had been with Il Fornaio for nearly 20 years and was vice president of kitchen operations for the company’s 22 restaurants.
“We were not looking to open a restaurant, but we saw this opportunity,” Naish Naccarelli said. “We live here and love the town. It became worth it to us for him to leave the great job he had with Il Fornaio. We decided to be brave and go out on our own.”
On Friday night, guests enjoyed wine from the Abruzzo region of Italy (where the chef is from), along with tasty salads, appetizers, pizza, fish stew and other dishes. The terramisu is served in large slices and is extremely delicious. The bar is also very good at making specialty cocktails with liquor from St. George Spirits.
With Trabocco’s opening at the mall, Alamedans are likely to make lots of trips to South Shore for more than groceries or gift shopping.