Nonni's Bistro
Nonni's Bistro

Nonni's Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nonnisbistro.net/
  • Phone: 9256000411
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Jon Magnusson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Nonni's Bistro is available for private functions. Please contact us to make a reservation or request more information. We'd be delighted to host your next event!
  • Private Party Contact: Jon Magnusson 9256000411
  • Entertainment: Thank you for choosing Nonni"s Bistro. Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you.

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  • Cross Street: W Angela Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Nonni's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (65)great for outdoor dining (56)great for lunch (45)fit for foodies (43)great for brunch (41)special occasion (38)romantic (16)good for groups (9)kid-friendly (8)notable wine list (6)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Service was very good, very attentive. My wife enjoyed the mussels entree. I had the shrimp with sausage plate was OK, I didn't like the dumplings and sauce.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • slthomas1457
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My BFF and I had girls night dinner here. I was drawn to many items on the menu, but decided on the shrimp and gnocchi with a light cream sauce. I was delighted with my pick! The sauce was almost soup like and so flavorful. I used my spoon several times just to sip the sauce. What a bonus to find pieces of sausage among the gnocchi and shrimp as I ate. This is definitely a meal I will come back for. This restaurant only serves beer and wine and since I don't like these I couldn't enjoy a sip of a nice, flavored martini with my meal. That would have been the only thing to take this meal over the top. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Satisfied with choice, but ...
    RAllen
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Everything was fine on our visit: We were seated promptly at 6:30 pm on a Thursday, the waiter was reasonably prompt and helpful and the food was very good. No complaints at all. The only thing of note was the waiter's apparent attempt to steer us away from the duck dish that others had recommended. I went with the duck anyway and enjoyed it. My feeling was, if there was something wrong with a dish, don't put it on the menu. If it's on the menu, allow me to order it without unsolicited advice that something else is better. In the end, we were satisfied and I would dine at Nonni's again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Lynn29VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I've been here a few times and have always left feeling meh. This time my husband wanted to try it and I had to say "I told you so". Salmon was overcooked and was served over what appeared to be a bean dish which was apparently not good because neither of the people I was with ate it. The lamb shank was tasty and cooked properly but was covered with a thick gelatinous sauce that almost ruined the lamb. Even the chocolate bread pudding was sub-par. The only good thing I can say about the night was the wine and we brought it ourselves! The server was great, very attentive.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A local favorite
    ljk6033
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Where else can you find an Icelandic chef in Pleasanton at a restaurant that serves good food? I had my old favorite, curried chicken salad and loved it again. My husband had the duck which was very nice. The skin was crispy and the meat tender.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We've been to Nonni's a few times and never been disappointed. We kicked things off with a little Prosecco and ordered a local Tempranillo for the main meal. To start we split the beef carpaccio, great balance with the arugula, pickle beets cutting through the sauce and beef. For my entree I had the Cassoulet - lots of flavor from the sausage and beans. My wife enjoyed the grilled salmon. Both plates were cleaned. To finished things off we split the Crème Brûlée - those little bit of chocolate really setting it off. The place was very busy for a Tuesday night and the staff attentive if a little run off their feet. Now firmly established as a local favorite and one we will be going back to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find in Pleasanton
    CuriousFoodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My husband found this cute place on Main Street in Pleasanton and brought me in to try out the delicious brunch foods. He ordered the Eggs Benedict once and then the Veggie Omelet. Both were good, but the second time the Hollandaise sauce was lukewarm and under seasoned. I've tried the Grilled Lamb Salad, which was really good. The only thing I didn't like about it was the lamb was served as a big steak on top of the greens. It would have been a lot easier to eat if the lamb had been sliced up. The second time I ordered the Breakfast Pot with a side of Hollandaise, and it was delicious! The coffee is great, the English muffin-yum, and the atmosphere is really quaint. This is one of the better breakfast places we have found in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ponderous food
    Mtnmad
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The main courses were all heavy weights. If a diner didn't want a dinner salad,there wasn't much selection for fare lighter in protein smd fat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    Winelover67
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Recently, I had dinner with a business colleague at Nonni's. It was my first visit. The waiter was excellent in that he allowed us plenty of time to discuss our business while graciously asking if we were ready order our entree. The food was excellent. We had the evening special; a grilled Salmon over polenta base. Excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eric
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Dinner for 5 was handled very nicely. Food was very good and descrribed accurately by the waiter. Wine list could have been larger but what was available was fine and fairly priced. No rush to get you out of the restaurant after the meal, very relaxed and pleasing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun Time
    JohnyGirl
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I enjoyed the late dinner. The food was delicious and the service excellent. Although we were the second-to-the -last diners there that evening, they made us feel comfortable and did not "push us out". It's a sweet place with great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant, Excellent SErvice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I went there for his birthday dinner last Saturday. It was our first time there, and we are glad we went and would like to go back there. It is a small but homey place - very personable service and good, unique food. Aside from a house salad, we ordered "The Thor" for appetizer, which was herring with three different sauces/flavor, plus smoked salmon and French Pâté, on a bed of vegetable. For our main courses, I had the braised lamb shank, and my husband had the daily special: grilled salmon, serviced with risotto with Italian sausage and clams. Both dishes were very tasty and good portion - we each take some home so that we had room for dessert. Overall, we were very glad we were there!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The special was not so special
    ck925
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    -And the wine was god awful. I had the salmon and shrimp special and it didn't taste fresh at all. The goat cheese brie appetizer was pretty yummy. The service was pretty good but I need better food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The eggplant sandwich is always delicious. Delightful to eat outside. Having to use blankets as an option if cold out is very nice. Love that the chef comes out always to say hello, nice personal touch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A find
    Twander
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Great food, great place, highly recommend that you try this place
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Affair
    jackson
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Nonni's is a gem of a downtown Pleasanton restuarant. The owner/chief is quite friendly and believe he is from Iceland. Food is creative without being over the top and the wine list features many local Livermore valley bottles....which is nice to see. Ambience is cozy and comfortable and our guests and first timers really loved the place. Owners son waited our table. Nice kid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • varied menu delicious!
    Lolo
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    A platter of Danish style appetizers was wonderful and my mussels and frites outstanding. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try Nonni's
    SchoolSecretary
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We have eaten here for a weekend breakfast and for dinner. We are always very satisfied. It's a very nice place with very nice service and very nice food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great again
    culebra
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Second time we ate here and it was just as good as before. Nice selection on menu. Well prepared and good presentation. Excellent service. Get a table by the window. Mussels were great with fries. Short ribs with mashed potatoes had excellent taste. Fresh swordfish well prepared on bed of mixed couscous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    Foodgods
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    What a little gem! Def. worth the drive to Pleasantant (sp.). Delish food and great service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day brunch
    Giants2010
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Took the family including the in-laws, my dad, my sister, wife and kids to brunch on Father's Day. Food was good. Service seemed unprepared for the rush of the day. The menu did not include kids items. Strange since it was Father's Day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • silverstreak
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The first time we went it was spot on. The second time the food was semi-cold. The noise level was very high.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot with a great location
    Chris
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We split the house salad with the basil vinaigrette which was very good. My wife got the steak and frites which was also really good. I got the duck with barley risotto. The flavors were really good but it was to much sauce. It almost looked like a stew. Overall very good and I would go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Diners
    Rich
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Had dinner for the first time at Nonni's on Friday. While the Goat Cheese Crepe was very nice, and I enjoyed the short ribs, my wife found the duck to be absoluely amazing. It was moist, tender, and delicious. The wine list, while not exensive, has some very nice local wines. A restaurant to return to.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great food! My mom thought it was the best salad she has ever had. I had the goat cheese crepe which was yummy! Waiter was extremely nice and courteous . Loved the window table we had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply delightful
    ChingVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    What can I say, the food was great and the service was impeccable. As the saying goes, keep it simple and people keeps on coming back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Pleasant Experience
    CandKatplay
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We had friendly and attentive service and the food was different, healthy (fresh fish and barley risotto) and delicious. The food presentation was appealing and the amount just enough and the continental-style ambiance suited us perfectly. It was our anniversary dinner,we sat outside; I had a good glass of summer rose and my husband had an imported beer from Iceland. We also agreed that the price was reasonable for downtown Pleasanton dining. This is our fourth time there and it is becoming our favorite downtown dining spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful Spot!
    ptowndiner
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Nonni's is my favorite place to meet my girlfriends for brunch, lunch or dinner! The service and food is OUTSTANDING!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasanton favorite
    rossk
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Whenever we're in Pleasanton, I try to make sure we stop by Nonni's for a meal. The chef works hard at creating great food and a nice setting in which to eat. Two thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food just ok
    FirstTime
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    If you do visit this restaurant. try the Salmon. my husband said it was good. I had the Acorn squash. or maybe i should day i had a plate of barley with a little bit of squash. once the waiter took our order we did not see him again until he gave us the bill. He did ask how the food was I told him it was just ok his comment was oh and did not want to know why/what the issue was. He just quickly left the table.
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  • Nonnis is great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The owner is welcomng and works really hard to ensure you have a great meal and enjoyable time .
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and fresh food
    sfgenie
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I had been introduced to Nonni's by a client who frequents the restaurant. I was so impressed with the freshness of the ingredients and the friendly service. I decided to order The Club and it was amazing! Roasted turkey, crispy THICK bacon, ripe avocados, cheese, tomato, lettuce served on a fresh rosemary ciabatta roll. Along with the sandwich you have the choice of fries, a cup of soup, salad or caesar salad. I love soup and have ordered the mushroom soup and the spring vegetable soup and they were both delicious. If they are ever on the menu, do yourself a favor and order a big bowl of it. I wished I had! Restaurant is cute with nice touches like fresh flowers and a decanter of water with slices of orange at your table. Great find!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE IT!
    Lovelybride
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Nonni's does it again! Thank you for a lovely and delicious Mother's Day dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers Day Gem
    Livermorejim
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a table for 6 in this small venue and were skeptical of upcoming service due to how busy it was. We were pleasantly surprised by our waiter being there immediately, offering drinks and tips on the menus. The bottomless mimosas were a hit, as were the awesome choices for brunch. Corned Beef Benedict was a treet, as were the traditional ones. Few restaurants serve bangers for breakfast, but Nonni's features them. Perfect for our English lady of the day! Highly recommend this "sleeper" for great food and service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but needs service improvement
    Missrach22
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I took my mom here with a few of our family for a Mother's Day breakfast, the food was great, mimosa's were excellent, they bring kids a big piece of paper and crayons for coloring but they definitely needed more servers. We had to get up from our table a few times to get help, otherwise we loved it and would recommend it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Lunch Spot
    Denise
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Pleasanton is lucky to have so many good spots that Nonni's might get missed. While considering going to the same place yet again, give this a try instead. Generous portions of well-crafted food make them a true player in this culinary ocean and you won't be disappointed. My friend had a steak salad that was deliciously created, the steak cooked to her specifications. I had a salmon BLT in which the salmon was perfectly prepared, the dressing on the sandwich delicious, the toasted bun a great note and the accompanying fries a perfect accompaniment. You can also choose a salad or soup instead. Drink selections are good. Save time to park - it's not easy in this area.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First timer
    lovetodineout
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I had been given rave reviews about the food... very disappointed...will try again though. The blue cheese dressing for the salad was like fluff...no taste...However, the service and ambience were outstanding...and 'we' requested and got a nice quiet spot...had lots of work to do. I thought the pricing was ok too. Bottom line: since this was my first time there...I will try again.
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  • Best Bistro!
    Teakettle
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Great all around experience. Simply a wonderful menu and really nice people. Local home town feel with the excellence to rival the establishments with celebrity chefs!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OH WOW!
    Lovelybride
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    My friend Mary invited me to lunch at Nonni's Bistro...I loved it! We sat outside, it was early November and it was lovely! Private enough for a personal conversation if you sit on the west side of the building. Attentive and knowledgeable service but not overbearing. I had the barley risotto w/ seafood and we shared the Chocolate Pot au Creme. THUMBS UP! I returned w/ a client...again THUMBS UP...I bought a gift certificate for my business partner, he went w/ his bride...again THUMBS UP...I returned w/ my beloved for dinner...again THUMBS UP! Food is lovingly prepared by the Chef, he has a light touch w/ herbs/spices and a lovely and creative interest in bringing out the best in the fresh ingredients. My new fav! I like the service too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 414 reviews are from the Nonni's Bistro reviews archive.
  • Nonni's For The Win
    Ekoldr
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I've been here twice for Sunday brunch and have enjoyed it immensely both times. The food is great and lots of great vegetarian options.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.