31 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA | Directions 9440337.535917 -122.297873
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Neighborhoods: Sugarloaf, South San Mateo
Performing chefs cook up rustic, home-style Italian entrees at this buzzing family restaurant. – In Short
A boisterous, all-ages crowd of pasta lovers pack this energetic Italian spot, where chefs clad in white hats and red scarves keep diners wide-eyed by showing their moves in the busy open kitchen. The menu boasts family-sized portions of hearty traditional fare, from antipasti, chicken and pasta dishes to seafood, steak and wood-fired pizzas. Signature plates include grilled pork chops, lobster ravioli, and penne rustica with shrimp, grilled chicken and smoked prosciutto in cream sauce.
Depends On When You Go – The food here is really good and the service is usually great. And the last time I ate here the food arrived very fast (maybe even too fast). However, show up on a busy Saturday night and you will have an hour long wait for a table and very slow service. I recommend making a weekday trip here if you want to enjoy your meal.
Standard Chain Food. – We went for lunch and were seated promptly - not bad for showing up at 12:30pm on a Sat, though the restaurant had very few patrons. Our waiter was prompt, but it the kitchen was very slow for how few people were eating. We ordered one app and one entree to split, but we didn't find out until we were almost done w/ our app that the kitchen had run out of our lunch selection. Our waiter explained that the kitchen informed him late, so he comped us a salad. Stay away from the calarmari.
How awful – The service and ambience were okay, but the food tastes like TV dinners! All salt and no substance! And half of what they served was already cold! Yuck!
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