Amore. Your Italian staycation

OAKLAND

By Leslie Moniz

Where: Gondola Servizio (Lake Merritt).
When: Any day 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
What to bring: Bottle of Italian wine.
Cash factor: Moderate.

If your date is passionate about her time spent studying abroad in Italy, bring some Italy to her. Gondola Servizio is the perfect place to enjoy time with, or get to know, that special someone. Let the Gondolier serenade you while drinking wine. You can bring your own, so make sure you choose an Italian varietal to keep with mood! (Caution: Swagoo Girls cannot promise your guide’s singing will reflect that of Andrea Bocelli.) You’ll be schooled on ff’s (fun facts) on Lake Merritt’s history (who doesn’t yearn to know more about Lake Merritt?) You can’t go wrong no matter which time of day you choose. Whether you choose a warm, sunny afternoon, or a night to admire the city lights, both options will have your date smiling ear-to-ear. If you’re into keeping the date going, end your ride and grab lunch or dinner at Lake Chalet. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time as this restaurant, filled with beautiful views and a fabulous outdoor patio, seems to stay quite busy. Nothing says “I got this handled” like a gondola ride, Italian wine and beautiful views.








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