First Look: Inside Oakland’s new pizza-beer-cider bar, Magpie – The Mercury News

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    A slice of the day with fried egg and a side salad is served at the new Magpie on 40th Street in Oakland. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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    Magpie co-owner Krista Granieri, left center, talks with chef Cesar Galindo at Magpie. This is the second restaurant for Granieri and her business partner Tony Granieri, who also own Brotzeit Lokal on the waterfront in Oakland. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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    Magpie has 39 rotating taps of beer, cider and wine. Pictured here, from left: The Old Rasputin stout, Duchess sour red ale and Trumer Pils, from left. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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    A new sign is installed at Magpie on 40th Street in Oakland, near Homeroom and Tacos Oscar. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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    The pepperoni pizza with shaved garlic is already a favorite at Magpie, which celebrated its grand opening on 40th Street in Oakland on Dec. 27. They offer 12 different pizzas. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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    Bartender Brian White talks with customers at Magpie, which recently opened in the former Hog’s Apothecary location on 40th Street in Oakland. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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    The Magpie kitchen churns out more than pizza; the albondigas, made with beef and pork and served with swiss chard and crostini, are a popular alternative. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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    Skipping pizza? Get the Arugula Salad, a heap of tender baby arugula layered with manchego, Asian pears and toasted almonds. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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    OAKLAND, CA – JANUARY 08: A Duchess sour red ale is served at Magpie on 40th Street in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. This is the second restaurant for Krista Granieri and her business partner Tony Granieri, who also own Brotzeit Lokal on the waterfront in Oakland’s Brooklyn Basin neighborhood. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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    OAKLAND, CA – JANUARY 08: Chef Cesar Galindo makes a pizza at Magpie on 40th Avenue in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. This is the second restaurant for Krista Granieri and her business partner Tony Granieri, who also own Brotzeit Lokal on the waterfront in Oakland’s Brooklyn Basin neighborhood. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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    Magpie offers nine ciders on tap, including Two Broads Kumquat What May cider, the Goat Rock rose cider and the Aspall dry English cider (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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    OAKLAND, CA – JANUARY 08: Bartender Brian White pours an ale at Magpie on 40th Street in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. This is the second restaurant for co-owners Krista Granieri and her business partner Tony Granieri, who also own Brotzeit Lokal on the waterfront in Oakland’s Brooklyn Basin neighborhood. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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    Hello, seasonal mushrooms. Magpie’s Quattro Funghi is made with four cheeses, truffle oil and fried sage. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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    OAKLAND, CA – JANUARY 08: A Trumer Pils is served at Magpie on 40th Avenue in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. This is the second restaurant for Krista Granieri and her business partner Tony Granieri, who also own Brotzeit Lokal on the waterfront in Oakland’s Brooklyn Basin neighborhood. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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    OAKLAND, CA – JANUARY 08: Arancini are served at Magpie on 40th Avenue in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. This is the second restaurant for Krista Granieri and her business partner Tony Granieri, who also own Brotzeit Lokal on the waterfront in Oakland’s Brooklyn Basin neighborhood. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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    OAKLAND, CA – JANUARY 08: Patrons dine at Magpie on 40th Avenue in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. This is the second restaurant for Krista Granieri and her business partner Tony Granieri, who also own Brotzeit Lokal on the waterfront in Oakland’s Brooklyn Basin neighborhood. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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    OAKLAND, CA – JANUARY 08: Bartender Brian White pours a beer on one of the many taps at Magpie on 40th Street in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. This is the second restaurant for co-owners Krista Granieri and her business partner Tony Granieri, who also own Brotzeit Lokal on the waterfront in Oakland’s Brooklyn Basin neighborhood. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

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Does Oakland really need another pizza spot? Yes, it does, especially when it’s from the culinary minds behind the waterfront’s brilliant Brotzeit Lokal. Located in the former Hog’s Apothecary digs, near Homeroom and Tacos Oscar, Temescal’s new Magpie specializes in Neapolitan-style pizzas and tapas, with about 36 beer, cider and wine taps.

Open since Dec. 27, Magpie is fine-casual, counter service and feels more like a bar than a restaurant, though kiddos are welcome and the general vibe is family-friendly. Here’s our experience during the restaurant’s first Saturday night in business.

THE VIBE: Magpie still has the industrial edge of Hog’s Apothecary, but the cafeteria-style seating has been replaced with nicer, polished wood tables and trendy metal-and-wood chairs. You order at the counter, sample and settle on a beer or cider, then take your number to the bar or one of the tables and await your meal while watching the game. The TVs are still there.

THE FOOD: The opening menu offers small plates ($6-$15), salads ($13-$14) and pizzas (14 or 18 inches; $16-$32). Pizza is the star here: They’re thin, perfectly-blistered and made with top-notch ingredients. Quattro Fungi ($21 for 14″), with its four cheeses, truffle oil and fried sage, was a hit at our table, as was the spicy La Picosito ($20 for 14″), topped with pepperoni, roasted Calabrian chile and fresh garlic.

Like meatballs? Mapgie’s deliver. Albondigas ($15) are housemade with pork and beef and served in a flavorful marinara with Swiss chard and crostini. Those meatballs and a salad make a fine meal. We’re ready to go back just for Magpie’s Arugula Salad ($13). It arrives as this massive heap of the most tender baby arugula layered with wisps of manchego, toasted almonds and slivers of crisp Asian pears. So yum.

THE DRINK: Magpie focuses on local craft and small-batch producers. The taps currently feature 18 beers, 12 ciders and six wines. Beers ($4-$9.50) are a good mix of approachable ales, pilsners and IPAs alongside a few eclectic brews, including a rye-tastic saison. Nine ciders ($7.50-$9) include bone-dry offerings from across NorCal, like Sebastopol’s Goat Rock Cider and Philo’s Gowan’s. Choose a flight of three 4-ounce pours ($12) or build your own combination ($14).

DON’T MISS: Lunchtime, when they serve pizza by the slice ($3.50-$4.50) with an optional side salad for only $2. Also, weekend brunch starts Jan. 11.

PERFECT FOR: Salad and a slice; dinner with the fam; beer and albondigas; a cider education.

DETAILS: Open daily from 11:30 a.m. at 375 40th St., Oakland; www.magpieoakland.com

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