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Ottavio: Gourmet Italian Cuisine in an Intimate Setting

October 22, 2014 9:03 am

Locals looking for a true fine dining experience in Walnut Creek, CA come to Ottavio to enjoy Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting. Regulars consider Ottavio a good choice for a date or a special occasion dinner. Most agree that the food is delicious, though the price tag definitely reflects the quality of the cuisine. Customer favorites include the pappardelle with wild boar sugo, the duck breast with black mission figs, the carpaccio of house smoked swordfish and the messy lasagna with summer vegetables.

Many customers report having personally served by Valentino Luchin, the chef and owner of Ottavio. Luchin says he changes the menu regularly to give his customers the chance to try new dishes, and he also offers regular specials. Patrons may buy wine by the glass or bottle, but there is a $20 corkage fee.

1606 N. Main Street
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 930-8008

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3 Easy Projects for New Knitters

October 16, 2014 10:03 am

Whether you want to create a handmade gift for a friend or you’re simply looking for a low-key craft to do with your hands, knitting is becoming increasingly popular among people of all ages. Here are three great knitting projects that are accessible to even the most novice knitter.

Basic Scarf [marthastewart.com]
A scarf is one of the most straightforward, expected knitting projects, but that doesn’t mean that it’s boring. This simple pattern enables you to customize the color and the length of your scarf to tailor it to your tastes or a loved one’s preferences. There’s even a border along the edges of the scarf to take it from basic to subtly chic.

Quick & Easy Knitted Infinity Scarf [oursouthernhomesc.com]
If you want to create a scarf that’s a bit more modern than more traditional options, an infinity scarf is a great choice. Infinity scarves are popular because they’re so secure, and this one also features rows of texture for an intricate look.

Seagrass Throw [creativeknittingmagazine.com]
Create a knitting project that’s out of the ordinary with this impossibly warm throw blanket. The flat, square surface makes it easy to make, but the chic, luxurious look makes it seem much more elaborate.

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Farmers’ Market

October 10, 2014 10:29 am

Rain or shine, the Farmers' Market open from May 3, 2014 to November 15, 2014.

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