Penrose is inspired by my great-great-great-grandfather, Norwood ‘Penrose’ Hallowell, a “Fighting Quaker” who traded pacifism for a rifle, and led the first all-black regiment against the Confederates in the American Civil War. With this restaurant, I celebrate his radical spirit and Quaker values—who he was as a man infuses everything from the décor to the menu. I wanted the space to be rowdy, but refined, like Boston’s Union Club, of which Penrose was a founding member. I also wanted the food to honor my roots. The eclectic flavors of North Africa, Sicily and Andalusia reflect the Moorish influences of Pen’s “Black Irish” heritage, while my ‘elemental’ approach to cooking embodies a deep Quaker simplicity. Every bite is a tribute, here’s to you, Penrose.


July 2nd, 2017

Pizzaiolo 12 Year Anniversary Party!

Celebrate 12 years with us! Live music, dancing, snacks and cocktails. No cover, open to everyone.

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June 7th, 2017

June Summer Movies at Pizzaiolo!

Movies start at sundown every Wednesday in June!

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April 16th, 2017

Hygge Porridge Pop-Up at Pizzaiolo

Nordic-inspired porridge from our friend Kristen Rasmussen at Pizzaiolo from 9am-1pm!

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February 14th, 2017

Love is a DRAG – Valentine’s Day at Penrose!

LOVE IS A DRAG! Join us at for Valentine’s Day, whether you’ve got a honey or not, for a night of love and love songs featuring three FAB queens (Panda Xpressions, June Glüm & Cemora Valentino Divine) and delicous drinks & eats. Make your reservation today! *NO COVER*

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February 26th, 2017

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Fundraiser at Pizzaiolo!

Buy your tickets here now!


5:00p First Seating

8:00p Second Seating

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January 19th, 2017

Oakland Restaurant Week!

Join us for Oakland Restaurant Week January 19-29!  We’ll be offering a special prix fixe menu for $30/person (click here to sneak a peek).  Make your reservation today!

December 31st, 2016

Join us for NYE!

November 20th, 2016

Sunday Suppers with RYSE Youth Center

Join us on November 20th in supporting RYSE Youth Center with our Sunday Suppers dinner. Tickets are $60-$100 on a sliding scale for a multicourse, prix-fixe meal with wine included. All profits will be donated to our featured non-profit.

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November 20th, 2016

Record Swap at Pizzaiolo

Head over to Pizzaiolo from 11a-4pm to swap records, drink beer + mimosas and eat pastries!

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December 4th, 2016

Holiday Pop-Up at Pizzaiolo!

Shop with local artists and enjoy coffee, chai & pastries! 10am-6pm

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Sunday 8:30 - 10:30

Tony Peebles

Grammy award winner Tony Peebles leads the People's Session on Sunday nights, when we invite local musicians to join in the open jam. Equal parts jazz, blues, funk & soul.

Friday 10-12 and Saturday Brunch 11-1


Come prepared to hear all your favorite jams, everything from Drake to Stevie Wonder, sung by the incomparable Tory Teasley.

Saturday 10-12


Saturday night it's all about brass & blues, led by Oakland native Raffi Garabedian.


SUN-THURS 5:30-10pm
FRI-SAT 5:30-11:00pm


SUN-THURS 5:30-10:30pm
FRI-SAT 5:30pm-12:00am


SAT-SUN 10am-2pm

& More


Photography: Paige Green, Ren Yagolnitzer
Website Design: Juli Shore Design
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