Friday, April 9, 2010
I-SQUARED ~ Aromatic rose petals dance to the Song of Scheherezade
I’m not sure what I was expecting. I had read multiple Yelp reviews recounting that the establishment features Italian and Iranian food — that was definitely a combination that intrigued me. I am Italian. I love much, if not all, of the flavors found in Middle-eastern food, so it stood to reason I would enjoy a meal at I-Squared, right? Sudden visions of spaghetti-kabobs or pita-bread pizzas began to dance in my head. While we certainly didn’t find anything quite so unusual, I think it is fair to say we were not disappointed.
As usual, the four of us shared much of what we ordered. We had all arrived with a substantial curiosity about the food at I-Squared. Would they prepare their dishes more as Italian, or would their emphasis be Iranian, would it perhaps be something of both, a new brand of food somewhere in between.
Check it out for yourself, and Bon Appetit!
5403 College Ave
(between Hudson St & Kales Ave)
Oakland, CA 94618
Dining time: easily in and out in an hour
Noise levels: was quite enough when were were there, but the walls are hard and there is not much fabric, so my guess is that evenings can get loud -- 2 bells?
Service: delightfully informative, strong sense of pride
Cost: Inexpensive to Moderate