Italian Gem in Mountain View
I can only give 5 stars on this site, but personally we think the service deserves 10 stars! Right from the moment we stepped inside to the moment we left, EVERY single person was courteous and attentive. The food selections were extensive, the quality was great. Friday nights are a bit busier than usual, but that adds to the atmosphere, like a real Italian eatery, which is like eating with a large family. Also has live jazz (duet that night) which was nice, and a very enthusiastic waiter who could belch out a few ballads when he felt like it.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful birthday
We had a wonderful birthday celebration with our family ~fabulous food and drink and singing as well! We can't wait to return!
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
We chose this from other reviews.The food was great and definitely glad we tried this place. My fiancee had the diablo which could have had more spice.It wasnt that spicy but otherwise everything was excellent.The service was good and the food came quick.I am not much of a wine drinker.I asked for a zinfindale (whatever was sweeter) but I got a red dry wine that wasnt sweet at all.I didnt complain or ask for something else.The place was lively.It was alot louder than I expected.Expected a quiet place but it was full and alot of chattering people. At the end of the meal we were full and just wanted to go home and plop on the couch from eating too much. Would definitely recommend.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delightful, interested server
Delightful, interested server staff, good food and ambience, lovely live jazz on a Saturday night.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great service and delicious food!
Food was delish! We had a wonderful experience. Very friendly staff and all our dishes were prepared perfectly! Would definitely go back and recommend to others.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place. Excellent food.
Great place. Excellent food. However, if you'd like to chat during dinner, I'd recommend sitting outside since it is quite noisy inside.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
You can tell from the minute
You can tell from the minute you walk in the door that everyone in this restaurant loves their job. It's such a delight to be treated to enthusiastic, friendly service. Delicious food. Reasonable selection of nice wines - we had a very nice barolo. Overall a wonderful experience. We will be back.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurant with a wonderful
Great restaurant with a wonderful staff...very friendly, helpful, energetic. Lots of singing, greeting, etc. Food was good but not great...several of the dishes had a bit too much salt for our tastes.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
The calamari was really good.
The calamari was really good. I had the picatta con erbe which was excellent.
It's very warm now so we chose to eat outside, but as the restaurant s right next to the train tracks and Central Expressway it was a little hard to converse. Do not reccommend going on a date during peak traffic hours.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
A new neighborhood find!
We're new to the neighborhood, and wandered into VA last week for dinner. Delicious bread and dipping oil to start, lovely caesar salad, perfectly prepared prawns and pasta dish. I only wish they had more pasta dishes that are dressed in oil and wine, for a lighter meal. Mine had kind of an alfredo sauce, and it was very rich. There was a great sax/bass duo playing during dinner, and it was beautiful background music! We will be returning!
5/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very attentive service without
Very attentive service without feeling rushed. The Minestrone soup was excellent. The main entrees - outstanding. Loved the prawns and crab polenta. Looks like we found the restaurant to celebrate our anniversary.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pre-show dinner for two: we had carpaccio and polenta for starters, followed by prawns with crusty crab-polenta and gnocchi with pesto. The carpaccio was delicately thin, paired with peppery mustard and arugula. The prawns were fine, if maybe a little overcooked, but the polenta that went with them was fabulous. The service was excellent, from arrival to exit, we were well taken care of in a very personal way. If you want to have a conversation during dinner without having to shout, it's smart to arrive early - we were there at 6 for a Saturday night, and at that time, the noise level was fine. By the time we left, the restaurant was full and rather loud, though not too bad in the back.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Live Jazz, Great Food
Live jazz on Friday nights, which was when we went - twice! Everything was as good as expected. Glad to see they're doing well, they deserve it! Reservation highly recommended on weekends, there were stragglers still showing up at around 9:30!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
We sat outside on a beautiful
We sat outside on a beautiful Bay Area evening, it was a bit cool but they were on top of it getting the heating lamp turned on and checked back multiple times to ensure the temperature was to our liking. The food is excellent every time I've been here. Inside can be a bit noisy, especially on Friday and Saturday nights as it is quite popular.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
An enjoyable dining experience
Dined here twice, once indoor with a larger group, once outdoor with my wife. Enjoyed the food and the atmosphere both times. I'll definitely be back, as this restaurant is one of the better choices for downtown Mtn. View dining.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A varied menu
This is one of the better restaurants in Downtown Mountain View, with a varied menu, excellent salads, balanced tastes within a dish.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place. I have
I love this place. I have been here many times and it is always good. Go early for more parking options as downtown mountain view gets crowded weekdays at lunch.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot for an evening dinner
I took the family, plus some visitors (I had 5 teenagers with me), and we had an excellent experience across the board. Food was great for all people, service was excellent, and we had just an outright good time. Recommend Vaso Azzurro.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place for work lunch
Good variety on the menu, relatively quiet without being dead. Good for conversation.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant for a pre-theater (MV Center of Performing Arts) dinner. At first no one seemed interested in greeting us when we came through the back door or walked through the restaurant to the host podium even though there were several staff members apparently setting up. We waited a few minutes until I finally asked someone behind the bar if we were supposed to seat ourselves. He came around and seated us. After that the service was impeccable with frequent checks on our table to see if everything was ok. The 3 of us enjoyed our delicious dinner choices, wine, and dessert.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
When I go out to eat with others I have prescription food that I need to have. Vaso Azzurro is very accommodating of me and is able to heat up my food and plate it, which not all restaurants will do. Much appreciated. :)
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loud but good
I've eaten here a few times and with the exception of once, the restaurant is very loud, but the food is good. It's hard to hold a conversation across the table without having to shout, so if you're looking for a quiet romantic restaurant, this is not the place for you. Also, when they get busy, the service can sometimes be slow. I waited at the bar for the rest of my party before they would seat me, and had a hard time getting a drink. That was a little disappointing. Have a reservation, or you most likely won't get a table!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed the entrees we ordered (Penne Diavola, Ravioli, Risotto Pescatore). The quality was good and the quantity was proper (not too much and not too little), We will go again some time. The prices were reasonable too.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Northern Italian Cuisine on Castro
We had a sidewalk table, which was delightful (except for the Caltrain commuter every 15 minutes a hundred yard up Castro St.). Nice menu with varied selections. Appetizers and main courses executed well. Desserts very nice. Highly recommend the home made gelato. Service was excellent. Gracious host allowed us to linger on a Saturday evening, and even serenaded us!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A co-worker and I we were in San Mateo on business and Vaso's was recommended from a clerk at the hotel we stayed. We drove down and it was worth it. Excellent food. I had the Lamb and Risotto and it was excellent, my co-worker had the beef special; he enjoyed it also. Mark the Maitre d' was excellent - we ask for suggestions and he pointed us in the right direction. There deserts were exceptional - we almost didn't get any, but Mark sold us on some. My coworker go the special which was Apple cobbler - very good - the sauce was excellent. I got the Tiramisu; ranks right up there with the best I've ever had. The jazz band was very good; created a nice feel to the place, with out being to loud.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Best in Mountain View
This is the favorite restaurant of my husband and I. It is a family-run business and the food is fantastic. We have never had a bad meal. All the staff are incredibly friendly and make a point to get to know and welcome their repeat customers. They always make us feel right at home. You are NEVER rushed, which is great. There are several tables for outside dining with heaters. The atmosphere is very energizing with live background music on weekends. We look forward to having dinner there every Friday night! We highly recommend this restaurant!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cook it yourself
Fun to cook your own food on the table top barbeques. Beef was good; I liked better than the ribs.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friends and I were there
My friends and I were there for my birthday, and the service was fantastic. Everyone there was great and we had such a fun time.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a wonderful restaurant, the service is amazing. I think we were waited on by at least 6 people even the bar tender came out to see if he could help us. THe meal was very good my only complaint was that the lamb was slightly over done. I do mean slightly. I would like to see more selections by the glass on the wine list but overall it was a very fine experience. I will be back soon.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Recommended, just a little noisy
This was a great small and cozy restaurant. The calamari appetizer was very good and the portion size was actually decent. I had the Scallopini di Vitello (veal) and I thought it was delicious and filling. My girlfriend and I enjoyed this place and thought the energetic music and singing from the staff added pleasantly to the atmosphere, though it was a little loud at times. The price is reasonable, too. I definitely recommend this place.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The experience was very enjoyable. The bread and olive oil was spectacular, and the food was filling and satisfying. It was pretty packed on a Saturday evening but worth the reservation. The staff was nice but seemed preoccupied, probably because it was so busy. I would go again to try some other tasty dish!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best italian in mountain view
Really love this restaurant. Great standard menu and always have a few nice specials. The veal chop this trip was excellent, everyone in the group had a good time.
Only slight miss was a few minutes of wait after initial seating, but was recognize, sincere apology given, and excellent servic ute remainder of the visit.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM