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Galeto Brazilian Grill  1019 Clay St./11th St., in Old Oakland.  Large windows bring in plenty of light to the high-ceiling open room housing this Brazilian restaurant, and it operates a little differently than the other ones I’ve been to that serve skewered meats.  This one melds the meat service with Italian dishes.  Dinner here begin with an appetizer plate bearing a tiny puff that is very much like a popover, a sliver of polenta, and a piece of fried banana.  This is followed by capeletti pasta soup.  Then comes a trip to the spectacular salad bar bearing an array I couldn’t resist filling my plate—and belly--with, including jicama, marinated artichokes, beets, and tiny red, very hot peppers.  I thought I’d be eating this with the traditional Brazilian grilled meat, but that arrives later.  First comes a serving of the house’s signature grilled chicken--served and kept hot on a small grill placed on the table--followed by a plate of mushroom-stuffed ravioli in a cream sauce and another plate of fettucine with tomato sauce.  Now the skewered meat (three beef and one pork choice) starts coming around, carved by lances tableside to your request.  I really like the charred meat slices, but you can get the second slice and have it more rare if you prefer.  After the meat makes the rounds, it is put back on the grill in the kitchen.  Ingredients here are free range and organic.  If you have the space!, dessert might include Brazilian flan, a petit gateau, or moist tres leches cake; it costs additional.  Wine, beer, and a fruity white sangria keep things rolling, and live musical entertainment is featured on Friday and Saturday nights. 

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