If you saunter into Vic's All Star Kitchen in downtown Pleasanton, you'll see what makes the restaurant extra special on the week of the Amador Valley-Foothill high school football game.
The walls are adorned with Falcons and Dons' team photos, male and female, and the menu selections boast the names of varsity head coaches from the two schools.
Making all this topical: The Dons will travel to Foothill on Friday night to renew their East Bay Athletic League football rivalry. Foothill (7-2, 3-2 EBAL) is in third place, and Amador Valley (5-4, 2-3) is one game back in a tie with Granada.
It's rivalry week in the EBAL, and good-natured Vic Malatesta, owner of Vic's All Star Kitchen, will be working on the chain gang on the sideline at Foothill. He's been helping out for 28 years, even pulling himself off the disabled list after surgeries and illnesses to keep the chains moving.
Now that's dedication.
"I've been to three home games this season," he said. "It's been fun. It's neat watching these kids go and move on to the universities. It's incredible. Incredible."
Now, if Dons' fans believe in karma, they might want to order the Coach "Sira" breakfast at Vic's on Friday morning. The meal, named after Dons coach Rick Sira, includes two pancakes, two eggs, bacon and sausage.
Falcons' fans could always order the Coach "Sweeney" breakfast, named after Foothill coach Matt Sweeney, which has Linguica, two eggs, potatoes and toast.
Vic's school allegiances are all over the map. The former Foothill Boosters Club president's children, Michael, Mark and Amy, graduated from Foothill, but many of his friends' kids attended Amador Valley.
His restaurant's walls are like a window into Pleasanton's competitive soul. Current Oregon State star quarterback Sean Mannion, for one, is pictured with his 2008 and 2009 Falcons teammates.
The sports connections date back to Vic's opening up in January 1994, on 201 Main Street, when ex-Amador baseball coach/athletic director Larry Brabbin and ex-Foothill athletic director Tom Hansen helped him corral old photos from the schools' archives.
"That kind of developed and emphasized the sports theme that I wanted to carry out," Malatesta said. "That's why we're called 'All Star Kitchen.' Everyone's an All Star."
Early on, there were just a few coaches on the menu: the "Dr. B," named after Channel 30's George Baljevich; Coach Hansen; Coach Sira; and Coach Underwood, named after longtime Amador basketball coach Don Underwood.
Now, the menu is packed with coaches, and Vic is working hard to keep it updated with all the coaching turnover. His smiles conveys that it's a labor of love, Pleasanton style.
MILLARD ENJOYS SWEET POLY WIN: Some ex-EBAL standouts squared off in Cal Poly's football game against host UC Davis on Nov. 2 in the Big Sky Conference.
Johnny Millard, a Foothill graduate and senior Poly linebacker, celebrated a 34-16 win over Monte Vista graduate Tom Hemmingsen and the Aggies.
Millard was in on eight tackles, including five solo, and Hemmingsen had six receptions for 70 yards. Former Amador Valley star Dalton Turay, a junior blocking back at Davis, had one reception for three yards. Turay was an honorable mention all-Big Sky Conference pick in 2012.
Millard, the son of ex-NFL standout Keith Millard, and Turay will no doubt be monitoring their former high schools' big rivalry game on Friday night.