Menbere Aklilu delivers speech at Holy Names University

Richmond Salute  restaurant owner Menbere Aklilu delivered a buoyant commencement speech to grads at Holy Names University in Oakland today. Read full report: http://www.contracostatimes.com/west-county-times/ci_23276195/richmond-restaurant-owner-tells-oakland-university-grads-future

 

When Menbere Aklilu sees the guests at her Thanksgiving dinner enjoying the warmth of the fireplace, or the stunning views of San Francisco from the expansive windows of her restaurant, Salute e Vite Ristorante, on the Richmond Marina waterfront, she thinks, “Today I am more blessed.”

Upcoming Events

Champagne Sunday Brunch

Sunday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne or mimosa with your choice of several egg options. And as always there is the fish of the day, meat of the day and pasta or risotto of the day. Excludes Tax and Tip. This is a plated brunch.

Location

Salute e Vita Ristorante is located at 1900 Esplanade Drive, on the harbor in Marina Bay, Richmond, CA 94804

Driving directions to 1900 Esplanade Dr, Richmond, CA 94804

    From Oakland/Berkeley

  1. Merge onto I-580 W/I-80 E
  2. Continue onto I-580 W
  3. Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 13B for I-580 toward San Rafael/Point Richmond
  4. Continue onto I-580 W
  5. Use the 2nd from the right lane to take exit 10A for S 23rd St toward Marina Bay Pkwy
  6. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto S 23rd St
  7. Continue on straight Marina Bay Pkwy thru Bradley A. Moody Memorial Underpass
  8. Turn right onto Regatta Blvd
  9. Turn left onto Melville Square
  10. Turn right onto Esplanade Dr
  11. Destination will be on the left
    From San Rafael

  1. Merge onto US-101 S
  2. Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 451B for Interstate 580
  3. Continue onto I-580 E (signs for Richmond Bridge/Oakland)
  4. Take exit 10A for Marina Bay Pkwy/S 23rd St
  5. Use any lane to turn right onto Marina Bay Pkwy
  6. Continue on straight Marina Bay Pkwy thru Bradley A. Moody Memorial Underpass
  7. Turn right onto Regatta Blvd
  8. Turn left onto Melville Square
  9. Turn right onto Esplanade Dr
  10. Destination will be on the left
    From Sacramento

  1. Take US 50 to 80 West
  2. Merge onto I-80 W
  3. Use the right lane to take exit 15 for Cutting Boulevard
  4. Turn right onto Cutting Blvd
  5. Turn left onto S 23rd St
  6. Continue on straight Marina Bay Pkwy thru Bradley A. Moody Memorial Underpass
  7. Turn right onto Regatta Blvd
  8. Turn left onto Melville Square
  9. Turn right onto Esplanade Dr
  10. Destination will be on the left

Happy Hour Small Plates

Mozzarella Caprese    $6
Sliced vine-ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and marinated olives

Bruschetta   $7
Mini toasted breads with fresh tomato, garlic and basil

Gamberetti     $7
Deep fired popcorn shrimp.

A Li di Pollo    $9
Chicken wings with barbecue sauce.

Pesce e Patate   $9
Deep fried fish with shoestrings potatoes.

Vongole Fritte   $7
Deep fried clams with a spicy tartar sauce.

Calzone con Polpette   $9
Mini calzones stuffed with meatballs, tomato sauce and cheese.

Mini piadina della Casa   $9
House sandwich on flatbread with Mozzarella cheese, tomato, and onion.
Choose from turkey breast or sautéed mushrooms.

Cocktail Menu

Salute’s Specialty Cocktails*

Menbe’s Martini      $11
Sobieski Vodka, spiced pear liquor, fresh ginger, lime juice, and simple syrup.

Menbe’s Margarita      $11
Hornitos tequila blanco, lime juice, orange juice, and a splash of Disaronno.

Salute Spritzer      $11
Champagne, Blue Coat Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and muddled cucumbers.

Melon Cosmo      $10
Sobieski Vodka, watermelon syrup, lemon juice, and cranberry juice.

Key Lime Martini      $10
Absolute Vanilla Vodka, triple sec, and fresh lime juice.

Kir Royal      $10
Champagne with a splash of Chambord. Garnished with a lemon twist.

Moscow Mule      $10
Sobieski Vodka, ginger beer, and dash of fresh lime juice. Served in a copper mug.

Pimms Cup      $10
Pimms Liquor, fresh lime juice, and simply syrup.

White Wine Sangria      $10
Mandarin Vodka, Pinot Grigio, a dash of watermelon syrup, OJ, pineapple juice, and fresh lime juice.

*Prices Subjected to change during the season

Bar Menu

Happy Hour Bites

Mozzarella Caprese      $6
Sliced vine-ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and marinated olives.

Bruschetta      $6
Toasted French bread with mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, garlic, and basil.

Polpettine      $6
Homemade Meatballs simmered in a spicy tomato sauce. Served with two pieces of French bread.

Patate dolci fritte      $6
Sweet Potato Fries. Served with a spicy aioli sauce.

Gamberetti      $6
Deep fried popcorn shrimp.

Ali di Pollo      $6
Chicken wings with your choice of our homemade BBQ or Buffalo sauce.

Pesce e Patate      $9
Deep fried white fish with French fries.

Vongole Fritte      $6
Deep fried clams. Served with a spicy tartar sauce.

Arancini di Polenta      $6
Italian Arancini balls made with polenta. Served with a spicy aioli sauce.

Calzone con Polpette      $6
Three mini calzones stuffed with meatballs, marinara sauce and cheese.

Mini Panini della Casa      $9
House sandwich on a flatbread with mozzarella cheese, tomato, and onion. Choose from turkey breast or sautéed mushrooms.

Pasta

Tagliatelle Gratinate             $19
Baked homemade wide pasta with prosciutto, green peas, cream sauce and parmesan cheese.

Rigatoni ala Calabrese        $18
Short tube pasta with Calabrese sausage, mushrooms, basil, Parmesan cheese and tomato sauce.

Melanzane alla Parmigiana    $19
Eggplant slices layered with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese.

Pasta Repiena                          $18
Homemade ravioli filled with beets and ricotta cheese. Served with your choice of fresh tomato or meat sauce.

Fettucine alla Provincial     $19
“Chef”s Pride” homemade
fettuccine pasta with prawns, sun-dried tomatoes, Italian bacon, arugula and white wine sauce.

Linguini con Vongole               $20
Imported linguini pasta with manila clams in red or white wine sauce.

Lasagne alla Bolognese          $19
Homemade pasta sheets layered with beef ragu, mozzarella, béchamel and Parmesan cheese.

Spaghetti al Pomodoro        $15
Imported spaghetti with fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil and extra virgin olive oil.
(Gluten free pasta available)

*Add Menbe’s Meatballs                 $6

Gnocchi di Patate                    $18
Homemade potato dumpling with pesto, tomato or meat sauce.

Split charge for any dish                $2
Gluten Free Spaghetti                      $3

APPETIZERS & SALADS | PIZZA | MEATS & FISH

 

Banquet Menu – Lunch

LUNCH BANQUET MENU 1

IL PRIMI

Your choice of

Insalata alla Cesare
Hearts of romaine lettuce with house caesar dressing and croutons

Or

Insalata Mista 

Organic mixed greens tossed with house balsamic vinaigrette.

I SECONDI

Your choice of

Pollo con Funghi
Grilled double chicken breast topped with mushroom sauce; seasonal vegetables and rosemary roasted potatoes

Or

Salmone alla Griglia
Grilled atlantic salmon, drizzled with pesto sauce, seasonal vegetables and rosemary roasted potatoes

Or

Pasta Primavera
Imported penne pasta with sautéed seasonal vegetables, garlic, basil and tomato sauce
(Gluten Free and Vegan Available)

IL DOLCE

Homemade Tiramisu

Bevande

Coffee e tea

$32.95 per person plus tax and gratuity

 

LUNCH BANQUET MENU 2

IL PRIMI

Your choice of

Insalata Mista
organic mixed greens tossed with house balsamic vinaigrette

Or

Insalata alla Cesare
Hearts of Romaine lettuce with house made Cesare dressing and croutons.

 

I SECONDI

Your choice of

Pollo con Funghi
grilled double chicken breast topped with mushroom sauce; seasonal vegetables and rosemary roasted potatoes

Or

Salmone alla Griglia
grilled atlantic salmon, drizzled with pesto sauce, seasonal vegetables and rosemary roasted potatoes

Or

Bisteca di Manzo
grilled new york steak with peppercorn sauce, seasonal vegetables and rosemary roasted potatoes

Or

Ravioli Della Casa
homemade ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta cheese served with fresh tomato, basil sauce

IL DOLCE

Homemade Tiramisu

Bevande

Coffee e tea

$36.95 per person plus tax and gratuity

Testimonials & Reviews

Customers:

“Great to have a restaurant of this caliber in our area.”
—Former Richmond Mayor Irma Anderson

“Food is excellent, as is the service. You’ve done it all.”
—Professor Bob Knight, U.C. Berkeley

“I left my excellent pasta at home (Italy). Surprisingly I found it here at Salute!”
—Professor Perrone Francisco, U.C. Berkeley

Restaurant Reviewers:

“Ristorante Salute (Marina Bay) is one of the prettiest spots around and the food is well executed.”
—Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle

“Salute is a serious restaurant, bustling with efficiency yet with a warm ambiance, fragrant with the seductive aromas of Tuscany and with food priced fairly.”
—Caroline Brownell, Pacific Sun

“East Bay’s most excelling place for the best Italian food and wine that feels like dining in Italy.”
East Bay Express

“One of the best Italian restaurants in the area.  Authentic cuisine and excellent romantic atmosphere dining out.”
—Deborah Byrd, Food Editor, Dining Out