News

Today’s bounty is epic. The first tomatoes! Juicy strawberries! Spring roots! Meyer lemons! Ripe stone fruit!

IMG_6262IMG_6263

For tomorrow’s lunch in the garden I’ll have some sliced nectarines and apricots over creamy Burrata, with a chiffonade of fresh basil, a drizzle of Ratto’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a shake of Balsamic vinegar, salt n pepper. Voila. I’m also going to roast some Broccolini in the oven, served with shaved Meyer lemon zest and grated salted duck egg. Oh and a glass of Muscadet ;).

Our product shelves are lined with some gorgeous new products from Italy, Spain and beyond. Come in and set yourself up with some delicious provisions. Wines, cheeses, chocolate, chorizo, canned fish, condiments, spices, breads, jam, cookies, crackers, salt cod, pate, and so much more.

We are thrilled to try each and every one of these delights. Meanwhile, takes some home and try for yourselves.

Pasta
Foglie d’Oliva Olive Leaves by Marella: Organic Hand-molded into a shape resembling an olive leaf, their beautiful green color comes from spinach. The green maintains a luminescent quality after cooking and has a delightful texture. *Organic Marella Pasta imported by Italian Harvest is a 2013 Silver sofi Award Winner for “Outstanding Product Line”
Oil-packed Tuna, Sicilian Capers, Whole Mediterranean Anchovies

Cheese

jams
Bergamot orange is a rare and coveted, fragrant fruit, grown almost exclusively in Reggio, a province in southern Calabria.This delicate jam is unlike anything you have ever tasted. Use the fig jams with Blue cheese for to perfect your cheese course.
Oils and vinegars
Ligurian Lemon Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Ratto’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamico, and Spiced Red Wine Vinegar: Acetaia Ducale wine vinegars use grapes grown on the Casa Ducale d’Este family farm, in Veneto. The blend of cabernet sauvignon must and merlot is aged in oak barrels for true wine flavor. This variety is infused with peperoncino, which gives it unique spicy undertones, perfect for salads, meats, marinades, and vegetables. All natural, no artificial color, additives ,or preservatives.

Chocoate Olives

 

2016-04-22 09.21.52

2016-04-22 09.20.56

The weekly farmers market in front of Ratto’s every Friday just got a whole lot better! The new lineup includes some of California’s best organic farms, including Riverdog Farm, Borba Farms, Capay Mills and Far West Fungi & Massa Organics.

2016-04-22 09.21.15

The idea behind the new collection of vendors was to create a more enticing market for local chefs, restaurants and foodies. Today’s market was full of citrus fruits, heirloom zucchini & broccoli, colorful radishes and beets, beautiful fresh herbs, stunning asparagus, baby lettuces, petite heads of cauliflower, squash blossoms, succulent carrots, and crisp green beans. We are thrilled to have the best of small-farmed California produce right outside our door every Friday! Compliment your market finds with our delicious cheeses, wines, olive oils, vinegars, charcuterie, bulk beans & spices.

2016-04-22 09.21.282016-04-22 09.26.01

Plaid Friday
There are many indie retailers throughout Oakland with wonderfully unique gifts that are open for business on what has been coined “Plaid Friday”. Show your love of “local”, by supporting the Old Oakland business district on Friday, November 27. You’ll find some pretty amazing gifts, many of which are made right here in Oakland by talented artisans & artists. Ratto’s will be open from 10-2, and in addition to serving wonderful sandwiches and steaming bowls of soup, we have a festive selection of gourmet gifts from the U.S. and beyond. Come in and peruse our shelves and sample some panettone, cheese and olive oil. Wishing everyone a Thanksgiving weekend filled with love and gratitude!