Acquacotta has closed
The restaurant officially shut its doors at the end of March, reopening to celebrate what would have been its second birthday on April 1. I checked in that night to get the official story from chef/owner John Couacaud, but he sounded so bummed out in advance of our official interview that I didn’t have the heart to call him back.
Couacaud opened the restaurant in April 2008 on Webster Street after two grueling years of trying to get it up and running, and he offered higher-end but wallet-friendly fare at the same time that a host of other good restaurants were just beginning to open their doors elsewhere around town.
Couacaud came to us with more than three decades in the restaurant biz, and like many of us, he stumbled on to Alameda by accident. Prior to coming to the Island, he worked at Prima Ristorante in Walnut Creek and, famously, Oliveto’s in Oakland.