Since moving to San Leandro, we've eaten at Paradiso several times. This is a busy restaurant in a nice room offering very good traditional Italian dishes, typically to a local crowd. There's a reason why it's rated the best in town.
It's a good idea to make reservations, although it's often possible to get seated at one of the two bars and order from the regular menu. There's a large wine list and a nice assortment of decent wines by the glass. Generally speaking, the food is high quality and well prepared and presented, but not in a gourmet or food academy style (another good thing, IMO).
The other night, we had fillet mignonette appetizers (very good, but I might have grilled the fillet separately and then sauced it instead of cooking the meat in the mushroom sauce), a very good daily-special ravioli, linguine with clams (a dozen and a half medium-size clams in a deep bowl with a bit of linguine and an intense broth; again, I would have liked more herbs and linguine and less salt, but that didn't stop me from finishing it). With cocktails, wine and tip, we got out of there for $120 US and consider it a good value for the money.
On another visit, the mushroom risotto was outstanding, both the short ribs and lamb shank were well executed, and the tiramisu was well above average.
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