Barlago opens: Last week, Oakland's up-and-coming Adams Point neighborhood welcomed a new rustic Italian restaurant. Barlago specializes in homemade pastas, Roman-style pizzas and entrees using seasonal, often local organic ingredients and premium meat and seafood.
Debut offerings include antipasti and insalate ($5 to $13) such as fresh burrata cheese with tomato, basil and olive oil, and the Spiedini Trio (grilled skewers of salmon, calamari and steak). Main courses ($14 to $21) include grilled king salmon with pesto orzo, grilled asparagus and salsa verde as well as a grilled flat iron steak with balsamic reduction, arugula salad and pecorino potato purée.
The 50-seat Barlago features a California- and Italy-focused wine list with 28 vintages and 14 wines offered by the glass, plus four more on tap and via carafe (three different sizes). There are heaters for sidewalk dining, and a weekend brunch menu with nothing over $12. Details: Open six days a week for lunch and dinner and weekends for brunch. 550 Grand Ave., Oakland; www.barlago.biz.
Queen of cloves: At the 36th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, an amateur chef from Arizona won bragging rights, the crown of garlic bulbs and $5,000 for her Sarsaparilla Glazed Wild West Burger with Southwest Sweet Potatoes.
Suzanne Clark made buffalo-chorizo burgers (with crushed garlic), drizzled them with Sarsaparilla Sauce and Cowboy Sauce (more crushed garlic) and then topped them with Wrangler Relish (14 cloves of sliced garlic for six servings!) for good measure. Find the recipe on the Eat Drink Play blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/eat-drink-play.
Hayward Off the Grid moves: Almost two years after its launch, Off the Grid has changed the location of its popular Hayward food truck market to the grassy lawn and courtyard directly across from City Hall on Watkins between B and C streets.
The new location provides easier access from BART as well as an adjacent free parking garage. The trucks vary, but on Monday, you can enjoy the food stylings of Fiveten Burger, Kinder's Truck, My Shrimp Shack, Frozen Kuhsterd, 3-3-3, Siam Loco Wraps and Smothered Fries. Details: 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays at 777 B Street, Hayward; http://offthegridsf.com/markets.
Fresh Indian fare: An East Bay restaurant family (Khana Peena, Mint Leaf) has brought new life to a long-vacant bakery building in North San Jose near Backesto Park. Owner-chef Amit Aggarwal and his wife, Badam, undertook a major renovation, installed a tandoori oven and opened Swaad Indian Cuisine ("swaad" means "taste" in Punjabi) with a farm-to-table menu. And no lunchtime buffet. Yes. It turns out that Aggarwal refuses to serve food that has been sitting in steam-table trays for hours. So you order off the menu whether you come for lunch (noon to 3 p.m. daily) or dinner (5 to 10 p.m. daily). Love that.
Australian halal lamb and fresh chicken breast are the meats of choice, and the veggies come straight from the farmers market. Among the more unusual offerings: lamb with fresh okra, clay-oven-baked eggplant and asparagus-lentil soup. Details: 498 N. 13th St., San Jose; 408-947-2030.