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A Slice of Italy in Berkeley - Passione Emporio, Berkeley, CA

Passione Emporio

4.6
4.6
49 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
What does Emporio mean? It’s market where you can get a variety of things you need. Today in small villages in Italy, the Emporio is the center of life. Villagers visit the Emporio daily to socialize, share local happenings, and get their local fresh goods, cheese, pasta, sandwiches, and bread.

Passione is bringing a little piece of Italian small village life to you, here in Berkley. Our mission at Passione Emporio is to create a neighborhood restaurant that has the same feel of community and quality as old village Emporios. We source only the best local ingredients and craft them with traditional Italian recipes to make delicious food, with vegan options, along with an authentic array of Italian and locally sourced food and wine.

Our rotating wine bar offers a selection of Italian, Californian and European wines and beers with Prosecco at the center of the list to accompany Italian salami and cheese plates during happy hour.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Dining Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Breakfast Daily 10:00 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:30 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 612-8677

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Persons with Disabilities, Veteran, Women

  • Executive chef

    Alessandro Campitelli

  • Catering

    We offer a selection of organic authentic Italian foods, we have beer and wine options also.

  • Private party facilities

    Our restaurant can host up to 45 people and street parking is available. We are located at 2324 Fifth Street, Berkeley, CA.

  • Private party contact

    Fabrizio Cercatore: (877) 557-2080

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Cross street

    Channing Way

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    51B

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Offers

  • Happy Hour Wine and Food Specials

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Sat - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Come and join us every day from 3:00pm to 6:00pm and enjoy specials on small plates and wine by glass.

What 49 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  • East Bay

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. SG

    SarahG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely meal outside. Compelling menu. Friendly and informative service from the chef/owner--including great recommendations for food and wine.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was exellent. I do hope the restaurant hires more waiters because our waiter, while great, seemed to be doing the job of tree people. We will absolutely come back. My favorite dish was mushroom ravioli with truffle sauce. It’s delicious.
  3. MR

    MaiteeR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A pleasant surprise. Food and service was great!
  4. AR

    AmyR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This is the best food I’ve had in Berkeley! It was really exceptional and I’m excited to return.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Ambiance was not what we expected. So hoped the food would be good. But unfortunately we were disappointed. Cannelloni with crab meat, had some crab meat but mostly the little shrimp filler… disappointing, had I known wouldn’t have ordered it. But when I got to the middle of first cannelloni it was cold. Obviously they didn’t heat sufficiently. My friend ordered lasagna, also disappointed. Overall not going again. Overpriced for what you get. Server didn’t care we were dissatisfied. Also noticed table next to us, complained about the food not being warm enough either.
  6. DB

    DaBeaz

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and very pleasant service…a surprising combo. How is this place as empty as it was on a warm Friday evening? The swordfish was excellent, the pizzas (including some gluten free crusts) were cooked perfectly, and the service for our party of 9 was just right. Well done and when both my 80+ year old mother-in-law and my 20-something son both told me separately that they plan to return then these readers know it is more that just myself represented in these comments.
  7. N

    Netminder1

    San Francisco

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the wood fired pizza and the perfectly cooked pasta. Topped off with an Afagato! A real gem. Can you please open a branch in San Jose where we live?
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good food but a little pricey for the quantity for dinner. It looked like there were lunch specials. Would recommend they offer a family style each night to balance out the cost.
  9. CC

    CharC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service! Great atmosphere!
  10. HZ

    HelaneZ

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A neighborhood gem! We had an awesome dining experience celebrating our 55th anniversary.
  11. KS

    KSBD

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Delicious food, really enjoyed the house made pasta. Great tiramisu. Great service.
  12. JE

    JaneE

    Tahoe

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Graduation lunch here Was lovely
  13. JK

    JoshuaK

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal. Excellent service. Definitely a hidden gem!
  14. KW

    KatherineW

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Nice place to catch a bite in West Berkeley. Very good service and the pizza was great. Lasagna , not so much. Yummy affogato for dessert!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We were in town celebrating a Berkeley graduate and a birthday. We booked a table for 6 for the occasion. The food and drinks were fabulous! Servers were Knowledgeable and very kind. The only issue was they were terribly understaffed and for the amazing quality of food the servers really needed support staff - a hostess or busser. They also allow walk-ins for gelato and coffee so they would get tied up helping these guests. The music selection was odd for the venue also. A more thoughtful curation of music would elevate the experience. The sun was setting and the dining room could have benefited from a window shade of some kind. The sunlight bouncing off of the building across the street was so bright it was almost uncomfortable. I would definitely recommend, but expect slow service. Imagine you’re dining in Europe and you only get help from your server when you ask for it!
  16. T

    Thegirlwholived

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a really great place to reunite with a group of friends! Good ambiance and great food. Service was amazing too! Will definitely come back
  17. KO

    KarlO

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really love this hidden gem; low key and welcoming with terrific food and original dishes.
  18. DL

    DanaL

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reminds me of osterias in the suburbs of Milan, where I once loved. The food was perfect. The service was warm and friendly but brisk and elegant—professional in a way that few American restaurateurs seem to strike. We had mussels & clams, insalata primavera, and gnocchi con pepe. The strawberry gelato is not to be missed. And I covet their brilliant red chairs.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was amazing!!! Recently went to Italy a few months ago, and this establishment took me back💜 Food was amazing, wine was amazing, and our server was amazing!
  20. SH

    SavannahH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! The owner came out and spoke to us. The pasta is all handmade and you can see them cooking the pizzas right in front of you. It was high quality ingredients. Definitely a must see!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    Our entrees were brought out at different times. Food quality was terrible. Definitely not worth the price.
  22. n

    njk1

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We return to this restaurant almost every week. It's a wonderful spot with fantastic food and great wait staff and people in the kitchen.
  23. P

    Pleased

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great meal and an exciting “find” put us right in Italy. We’ll be back for sure.
  24. JP

    JeanP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The Guazzetto di Cozze Vongole was so salty I could barely drink the broth. The whole pizza bottom crust was completely soggy. A large group came in after us and our waiter wanted to get our order in before them. I think our soup was made hastily. I would have sent back but. would have taken to long for replacement. I think pizza was left to sit out hence bottom crust awful. I had the soup a week ago and I loved it. But this time awful and so salty I couldn't taste the spices in the broth
  25. WL

    WineLover

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, atmosphere, and friendly staff - a great casual spot for excellent and authentic food. Highly recommend the octopus appetizer.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Atmospheric, gracious and welcoming service, excellent pasta and salads.......and best gelato anywhere!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My new favorite restaurant! The food is excellent and service is wonderful!
  28. T

    Traveler

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great for our party of seven! Our celebration of being friends was a fantastic evening.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve newly discovered this neighborhood gem ! The food is excellent and authentic and the service is exceptional! I can’t emphasize enough how fabulous the service and food is - I went back two nights later for round two!
  30. LW

    LuidaW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Poorly trained staff. Half hour wait for just the salad (lunchtime midweek with only 2 other patrons dining). Finally, small pizza arrived which was very mediocre. 1 1/2 hours for those 2 items. Don't try it if you are on your lunch break. The menu said pizza was $14. The waiter charged us $18. The only explanation is the menu hasn't been updated! No apologies. Just insisted we pay it which we did. We went for lunch to try it out before we committed to restaurant week dinner in Berkeley. So glad we did. Very industrial-cafeteria feel to the place which is fine, but not for a special dinner.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great birthday dinner at Passione! The food, while a little pricey, is absolutely outstanding and definitely worth the expense. We took a pizza home as well and the pizza is to die for! Thanks for a great night, Passione Emporio!
  32. FR

    FabiolaR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Came to celebrate our 12 wedding anniversary ❤️ 💕 customer service was superb, server was super nice, played our wedding song and prepared a special heart shaped gelatto, amazing customer service
  33. n

    njk1

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place for lunch, dinner or even just a coffee and conversation!
  34. s

    stonybroke

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent dining in a spotlessly clean, simple but charming space. Enjoy!
  35. JK

    JulieK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Appetizer great, dessert great,main courses were a little bland. Packed them up, brought them home and improved them with some flavor and seasoning for lunch the next day
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My girlfriend and I went there for the Valentine's Day special menu. Super impressed! The food was amazing, excellent quality, prepared expertly, and plated beautifully as well. Not crazy expensive either. We'll definitely be back!
  37. D

    Disappointed

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Just doesn’t have its act together for its price point.
  38. d

    debnic

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Wanted to love this little out-of-the-way place. The restaurant is nice, contemporary with high ceilings. The server was lovely. Service excellent only one problem is the food. it was very mediocre. my friends had pizza, nothing interesting or special. crust soggy, tons of cheese, and flavorless. no herbs or spices. I had linguine and clams. the pasta was not warm, clams around the edge with a few tomatoes. I had to doctor it up with cheese, lemon, ( who puts cheese on clam pasta). Passione get your cooking together. you have the potential for a fabulous restaurant!
  39. M

    Mary

    San Francisco

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Oh dear lord what a jewel in west Berkeley My daughter and I had the house salad and pizza. The portions were generous. I had pizza with lox. It was grand! We decided to have dessert and the cannoli and gelato was delicious (there were two cannoli) Yum yummy Our waiter was very nice and the food came out quickly. I recommend it.
  40. s

    stonybroke

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    VERY tasty dishes featuring VERY fresh, well-respected produce, proteins, and pastas. This is fine Italian dining for the 21st century: healthy, generous, delicious offerings in a very clean, light venue. We enjoyed a colorful and fun autumn salad, duck breast and tagliatelle mains, good wines, and exceptionally tasty gelato & creme brulee desserts.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Passione Emporio using the Order Online button. Passione Emporio also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Passione Emporio also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 612-8677.

Passione Emporio is rated 4.6 stars by 49 OpenTable diners.

Passione Emporio does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Passione Emporio

2324 5th St Berkeley, CA 94710-2408

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Channing Way

  • Neighborhood

    Berkeley

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm Breakfast Daily 10:00 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:30 pm–5:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Dining Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    51B

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Persons with Disabilities, Veteran, Women

  • Executive chef

    Alessandro Campitelli

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (510) 612-8677

  • Catering

    We offer a selection of organic authentic Italian foods, we have beer and wine options also.

  • Private party facilities

    Our restaurant can host up to 45 people and street parking is available. We are located at 2324 Fifth Street, Berkeley, CA.

  • Private party contact

    Fabrizio Cercatore: (877) 557-2080

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