Mid-Week Menu: Jack London Square Edition (Forge, Lungomare, Haven)

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our weekly roundup of East Bay food news.

1) All kinds of changes afoot in Oakland’s Jack London Square, which looks primed for a revitalization. For starters: Yesterday was opening day for The Forge (66 Franklin St.), the ambitious new pizza-and-beer spot on the waterfront. In addition to a behemoth of an 800-degree imported Italian pizza oven, the restaurant boasts the combined culinary firepower of three Jeffs: head chef Jeffrey Amber (formerly of Moose’s and XYZ in San Francisco), Jeff Krupman (the legendary “Pizza Hacker”), and Jeff Hayden (who slung pizza at Dopo and Boot and Shoe Service).

Amber told Grub Street the idea was to create an “American pizzeria without falling into the Italian thing.” Thus, instead of pasta, non-pizza offerings include things like fried pickles and chicken pot pie. Check out the full menu, as well as Grub Street’s slideshow of pretty photos from a recent preview dinner — the fire pits on the outdoor patio are especially striking.

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