According to a news report from, “Pasta Pomodoro, the privately owned Bay Area restaurant chain with three units in Mill Valley, San Rafael and Novato, is splurging on myriad changes.”

First there’s the name. The new one is, simply, Pomodoro. “I got tired of people thinking we only served pasta, which is what we did at the beginning and for the first three or four years,” owner/founder Adriano Paganini says. “A lot of people still don’t know that. And the other is just to show that things are changing. What’s better than a name change?” said the story. “Paganini, a trained chef, and his vice president of operations, San Rafael resident and chef Edmondo Sarti, were in their Novato Vintage Oaks Pomodoro restaurant two weeks ago to talk about their restaurants’ renaissance. Both Italian-born men seem as vivacious as prosecco is sparkling. They play off each other like Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in the “Road” pictures. They speak in Italian accents thicker than polenta. Call it a clich , but their robust patois makes what they’re doing – expanding menus, experimenting with pizza, creating a new wine program – seem that much more authentic.”

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