Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata needs a photo op so he can strike a conciliatory rather than combative pose, and the latest issue of California Restaurant Bulletin, the magazine of the California Restaurant Association, provides him with an opening.
Perata has been widely criticized and ridiculed over the past week for locking three Democratic senators out of their Capitol offices as punishment for their neighborliness with moderate Democrats over in the Assembly.
He can make amends by taking the three to lunch at Biba, Restaurant 55 Degrees or 33rd Street Bistro, which he told the magazine are his favorite Sacramento restaurants. Missing from his list is The Kitchen, where the three senators who so aroused Perata's ire had attended a fundraiser with the Assembly moderate caucus.
Incidentally, back in his home district, Perata, who once was part-owner of The City, an Italian deli in Alameda, prefers three highly regarded restaurants - Oliveto and Bay Wolf in Oakland, Plearn in Berkeley.