The name is new but the restaurant itself may be familiar. Benvenuti is the new incarnation of Salvatore which was operated for many years by owner, Salvatore Piccione. Now the name has changed and so has the restaurant. But it stays in the family with new owners, Salvatore’s sister Angela Alagna, and her son Giuseppe. Benvenuti is directly opposite Walnut Creek library on Broadway and when I say it has changed, I refer primarily to the décor. After significant renovations it is now much more … [Read more...] about Restaurant Review – Benvenuti, Walnut Creek
As the deadline to file income taxes approaches, we need to take a new look at the changing tax landscape for homeowners. Thanks to the efforts of many real estate industry groups like NAR, many of the tax benefits that homeowners enjoy have been protected and extended through the 2017 tax season. Not necessarily through 2018 though. Mortgage Interest Deduction Homeowners who itemize their deductions can still deduct the interest paid on a mortgage with a balance of up to $1 … [Read more...] about Top 2017 Tax Deductions For Homeowners
The 2017 Michelin Guide has recently been published and only 3 restaurants in Danville made the grade (with one of them, Royal India Grill, having departed). Michelin thinks that Esin and the Thai House are definitely worth a visit so we decided to take their advice. Sylvia and I dined there early on a Friday evening in October and on entering, it was apparent that this was not a novel idea. The restaurant was already quite full and there were a few parties in the foyer without bookings who … [Read more...] about Restaurant Review – Thai House, Danville
So you’ve put your home on the market and agreed a sale within a couple of weeks at a price that you are very satisfied with. The buyers are obviously well-qualified for the loan they need and you can tell they really love your home. But the contract allows for a 10-day inspection contingency. How much should you be concerned about that? A lot will depend on how much you know about the condition of your home. When you completed the required disclosure forms, your agent will have advised you … [Read more...] about Could A Home Inspection Kill Your Sale?
I don’t know what it is, but Gianni’s is a restaurant I tend to forget about, yet it really is one of the best that San Ramon has to offer. One thing I really like about it is the fact that it is authentic. The owner, Gianni Bartoletti, is an Italian. And the dishes he offers are also Italian. So different from the pizza and past and other pseudo-Italian restaurants that are so prevalent. The restaurant is much smaller than many in our area and it has quite an intimate ambiance. There is a … [Read more...] about Restaurant Review – Gianni’s Italian Bistro, San Ramon