Pasta Moon
Pasta Moon

Pasta Moon

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pastamoon.com/
  • Phone: 6507265125x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am -2:30pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Kim Levin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Several private rooms are available. Please call restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Teresa Maloney 650-726-5125 x
  • Entertainment: Live music every Wednesday in our Music Box Lounge
  • Special Events: Annual wine tasting and winemaker dinners. Please sign up for our monthly announcements

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Pasta Moon
A popular destination in Half Moon Bay for over 25 years, Pasta Moon Restaurant serves contemporary Italian cuisine using the freshest local produce available- in fact, easily the finest dining on the coast; (and not the most expensive!). You'll find a cozy setting for lunch or dinner, surrounded by old arched casement windows which once brought light into the Burlingame Public Library, and you'll be served by an attentive and knowlegable staff.
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Pasta Moon reviews from OpenTable diners
161 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (93)neighborhood gem (90)special occasion (90)romantic (63)great for lunch (52)good for groups (37)notable wine list (31)great for brunch (21)kid-friendly (18)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (16)scenic view (7)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Always great. Try the specials
    Edward
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Everything is done so you have a great experience. You'll go back again and again
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection.
    jsstagVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As in my previous review; after all these years, Kim has the joint to the point of perfection. The coast's best restaurant. Period.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, fast service, enjoyable meal
    HMBmama
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We enjoyed the attention and service of the staff. The food was delicious, and everything came out quickly - perfect for those dining with young children. This will be our go-to spot for dinner after a day in HMB.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • eBayfoodie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    One of several visits to this lovely restaurant. Wonderful homemade pasta.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Birthday Dinner
    cheshire
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our food had interesting combinations of foods and flavors. My scallop dish had prosciutto, tomatoes, and corn, besides the pasta. My husband had ribs (pressure cooked) and potatoes. The hostess had noticed my note on Open Table that it was my birthday and congratulated me. Our waitress thought it was my husband's birthday and patted his shoulder and looked at him when she said "Happy Birthday" twice to him. They put my candle in his cheesecake. The people next to us had a man who was reciting all the news lately about terrorism, beheadings, airplanes, etc. It's not the restaurant's fault but when you just want to enjoy dinner, relax, and be with your spouse it was very annoying and upsetting to hear all that. People should be considerate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh, fun and gluten conscious!
    Befoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Lunched here on the way out of town, August 16. The pastas were tempting but we kept to lighter fare. Scallop , arugula mint salad for me :) clam chowder - the best he's ever had for the hubbie. Nice Italian wine list. Would definately return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dissappointed
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Ectremely expensive for mediocre food. I had eggplant parmegian which was not very good My husband and daughter had butternut swuash ravioli, and they were dissappointed. Also the entraes came with no veggies or salads. High priced for so little food whichvwas not very tasty. I would not recommend it to anyone..
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  • Fresh fun and fabulous
    Befoodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Lunched on the way our if town, so went w light options. Hard not to do a pasta ! Scallop arugula salad was delicious. He had the best clam chowder EVER. Nice wine list. Will be back ! Nice gluten free options
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Treasure
    Rexbo47
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is one of our go-to spots for special occasions. Food and Service are & have been consistently excellent throughout the years
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great end to the summer
    Kzook
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for dinner the evening before we both left for college this past month. The ambiance was great and the waiters and waitresses were excellent. The food was delicious and definitely made for a great evening. This is somewhere I would definitely take my girlfriend again and I hope to do so this winter! Absolutely amazing food! You must try the tiramisu!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely birthday dinner
    Jeanos
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We were a party of 4 celebrating a birthday. The food and service were perfect. We had a food restricted member with us who was accommodated easily. We all would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a bad meal
    Edward
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Been going here for years. Always top rate. The best quality. Always comes out with great specials have always had a great experiences try it you'll go back time and time again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Spot
    CMo425
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Took my girlfriend here after a coworker recommended it. Very reasonable prices for everything, and the food was fantastic! The service was also great, great atmosphere. Will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a la europeen, please....
    caroleon
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    If anything is wrong, we'll let you know. Otherwise, please leave us alone while we're dining! Being asked over and over if "everything is okay" gets very annoying.
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  • susanVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Always has been fantastic but this visit was just okay. A disappointing visit this time.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Michael
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I hadn't been to Pasta Moon for many years. We had lunch there the other day and it was a good as I remember. A great place for lunch or dinner when in the San Mateo coast area.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super Yummy Lasagna!
    aquavVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We enjoyed dinner here for the first time while in Half Moon Bay for our anniversary. The server was great. She was very attentive but not overly so. The Lasagna was amazing! They make their sausage there and was fab... no gristle or nasty stuff... all delicious goodness! We also tried the fried green beans which were delicious but I recommend forgoing the sauce they give with it as it was not a very good match in our opinion but they were great by themselves. I enjoyed the sage butternut ravioli... it was very good. A tad bit overly sweet and could have used a little more sauce, but all in all, quite delicious. My husband enjoyed a scallop and pasta dish they had on special and he said it was amazing. We would definitely return!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 12 times, one too many!
    12many
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our 6:30PM reservation with a young one for his Grandmother's birthday dinner was "seated" at 7:05PM in the "back forty". The wait person showed up 15 min later. That's as good as it got with her. We finally let my son and his family go at 8:30PM while we waited for her to "ring it up"; which she never did...I had to take to the receptionist to get it taken care of. The food was OK but not even close to our past visits, mostly cold when served. We may go back...for now a $250 lesson learned! By the way, I notified in the reservation that a young one was included...maybe I should not have.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still fabulous!
    Kpmcb
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We've been coming to Pasta Moon for over 20 years. It's been exciting to watch them grow in size, popularity and menu sophistication. We started with the mussels which were super flavorful and just alittle spicy. The grilled fruit salad is wonderful and included grilled nectarines. Fresh salmon just seared served Mediterranean style wAs light and flavorful. Pasta special with seared scallops and local veggies, delish. The fresh pasta makes this meal special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vacation Dinner
    RVRDFW
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great place to dine while on vacation. Very eclectic, quaint, unique, sophisticated and yet charming. Food is reasonably priced and delicious. Make a reservation ahead of time...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    Pitpoes
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband used to eat there when he was a kid with his parents and the place was tiny. We went back several times and never had a bad meal. To give you an example, the table next to us had a guest that could not eat pasta, rice, gluten or sugar and was not happy with the menu but the owner came over and she talked to her to find out exactly what she wanted and was able to accommodate her, the guest was so impressed that she wants to come back. That's what I call customer service and that is hard to find these days.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • OTHDiner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Located across the street from where we stayed, this place would qualify as a destination restaurant. The food was excellent (pasta incredible, as were the home made deserts). Service was friendly and knowledgeable. If you are anywhere near Half Moon Bay, Pasta Moon is worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Loved it!
    dawnie85
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    It's always a treat to go to Pasta Moon. This time was no exception. We loved everything. We tried new things this time such as the fried green beans and the tagliatelle with scallops. We had some stand-bys like the clam chowder and the best dessert ever--Meyer lemon parfait. Everyone should eat here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lasagna to die for
    ilovegoodfood
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Took out of town friends (who have owned 2 restaurants) for Sunday dinner. Everything was exceptional. All pasta made on site. I ordered the pasta special, tagliatelle and roasted scallops. The flavors were subtle and the pasta fresh. The men both ordered the lasagna. The best anywhere lasagna because they make the pasta sheets on site. Beware, if you order the whole plate you will probably be taking some home. It's a perfect course to share. I just wish they made a vegetarian alternate. Salads all were freshly made. Dressing delicate and subtle. There are now several choices for dinning in Half Moon Bay, but, the service and food at Pasta Moon makes it difficult not to return. The service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    eBayfoodie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This lovely restaurant never fails to please. The pasta is incredible! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely location, pretty setting
    LRMB5
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Nice location for a lunch in cute downtown Half Moon Bay. Service was fine, decor was attractive but there was persistent problem with many flies buzzing around which was unfortunate. The food was a bit overambitious. I had linguini with ahi tuna which was mediocre - too many competing flavors with black olives, capers overpowered the tuna, pasta was too al dente. Another person in our party had pizza margherita, nice crust on the pizza but would rate it a B-/C+ on the pizza margherita scale. We were catching up with an old friend so stayed at the table 2 hours, it was clear after 90 minutes that the waitress was impatient for us to leave in order to free up the table for other diners.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Fantastic Food
    Bunty
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in the Bay Area. I have never been disappointed - pasta's are great. My favorite is the Butternut Squash Ravioli. Had stuffed zucchini flowers appetizers and they were wonderful, light and flavorful, stuffed with cheese. Service is great, very attentive but not hovering. I can't say enough about this jewel of a restaurant. I have been going there for 15 years and the quality remains tops.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service
    DET9
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Have always loved coming to HMB and eating at Pasta Moon. The Muscles are wonderful as is the rest of their menu items. Great for an afternoon walking around town then settling into a mid day lunch.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't talk...Eating !!
    NinaChews
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our table goes silent as the waitperson approaches. We begin eating with our eyes, such lovely presentations. There is no disappointment as each bite tastes better than the next! We did have an odd waitperson experience, but next time we will be sure not to have him, and all will be perfect! On all other visits the service was 5 star. Planning to be back soon and to have my birthday dinner there. We're only 10 minuets away which makes this a constant temptation! Looking forward to next time, soon :)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Half Moon Bay classic
    calalily
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We dine at Pasta Moon every time we visit Half Moon Bay. It's comfortably upscale and the food is consistently good.We hope the lace battered green beans stay on the starter menu......wonderful.The pasta is always homemade and delicately sauced.A "must go" after we get our fill of coastside fish and fries houses.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but ...
    John
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I had the beet salad Beets were minced with burrata on top it was as if the beets were a garnish for the burrata Lasagna was very good Dessert was great
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    neighborhood gem
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  • It's about the food
    SimchaFred
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    First rate food - ingredients, prep, combination,and presentation. They're innovative, but not show-offs. Tastes great too. Great service - prompt, never rushed or pushy. Nice wine list. Reasonable sound levels. Really nice decor, recently repainted. It's all about the food and not about being the hippest, 'to be seen at', or amazing decor or artwork. Staff is always friendly and helpful.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Pasta Moon
    chef
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Atmosphere, service and food are all exceptional! The wine list has some great Italian finds. The staff is very knowledgeable about the menu and wines. The food was delicious using local produce and peek of the season products. Highly recommend a visit either for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Destination dining
    ms64
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This restaurant is certainly worth the trip to Half Moon Bay. The relaxed atmosphere, with the fabulous food always makes this a great destination!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • drleo wouldn't miss it
    drleo
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have been many times and always recommend it to others. One of the best spots around Half Moon Bay. Great Italian food, very well prepared with interesting choices. Pasta homemade and you can tell. Great all Italian wine list with many unusual offerings. Comfortable setting, casual, but still upscale dining, but not at all formal. Restaurant has grown now with a few separate dining areas and nice separate bar at entrance. Get to the beach, then enjoy an afternoon stroll of the interesting shops on Main Street and finish up at Pasta Moon. Makes for a great day.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WONDERFUL
    Cattt
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were amazed with the attentive service! We had two small children with us and they met all their needs from the moment we walked in. The food was outstanding. The appetizers, although smaller in portion, were very tasting. We were shocked to see how large the lunch main entrees were after seeing the size of the appetizers. The bread is still warm and baked fresh there.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • great as always
    GemmaVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is our go-to restaurant for out of town guests and special treats for ourselves. The service is always excellent. The staff is so friendly and I love that they remember us, so welcoming.
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    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Original and Creative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Pasta Moon hit expectations. The Italian dishes have unique twists and plenty of flavor. The tuna linguini has a gradual intensity of flavor with each bite. Nice place to eat in downtown Half Moon
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Gem in Half Moon Bay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    While there are a lot of quick food options in HMB, Pasta Moon is a serious, but casual restaurant. Food and service were excellent except for the espressos which were a bit watery. The decor is fun, colorful and with a large, multiple section seating area, a variety of party sizes can be accommodated. We had a fresh linguine with calamari and it was excellent. Al dente pasta and calamari with a touch of seasoned broth. Pasta was steaming when mixed on our plates. Highly recommended. Great find and so much better than the clam shack attitudes of other places where we have encountered high prices for bad fried food and indifferent service.
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    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Hit, Hit and Miss
    BeeLady
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Beautifully remodeled restaurant. The staff was welcoming. Our waiter, Sebastian, detailed the specials and answered our questions with great drama! Miss: clam chowder "sour". Hit: Fried ricotta stuffed squash blossoms (special menu) "out of this world". Hit&Miss: Seared scallops on pappardelle pasta (special menu) "scallops amazing, pasta dry". Hit: Margherita pizza "perfect". Hit&Miss: Ghiradelli butterscotch pudding with whip cream "delicious but hard to eat out of narrow necked glass". We will come back because overall the experience was great.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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