Sapore Italiano
Sapore Italiano

Sapore Italiano

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saporeitaliano.org/
  • Phone: 6503483277
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Angelo Cucco / Mario Di Paola
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Private party catering for over 20 people. Call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: The culmination of experience, expertise, and passion for fine food has resulted in the warm atmosphere and exceptional service that is Sapore Italiano. Book your party in one of our two private rooms and we'll help you create a dining experience your guests are sure to remember.
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator 6503483277

Getting there

  • Cross Street: El Camino Real
  • Public Transit: Caltrain - Burlingame Station. Head West on Burlingame Ave., restaurant will be on the left side of the street. Next to Walgreens/Safeway.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered parking is available on Burlingame Ave. and behind the restaurant. Free parking after 6:00 pm.
A word from Sapore Italiano
Since its grand opening in November 2001, Sapore Italiano has been the area leader in authentic Italian cuisine. Known by locals as "Sapore" it provides a unique dining experience for families, friends, couples, and small and large gatherings alike.
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Sapore Italiano reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (30)good for groups (17)special occasion (16)fit for foodies (14)great for lunch (13)kid-friendly (11)notable wine list (9)romantic (7)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Upstairs
    venticello
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    the Special Sole of the night was very plain, which can be good, there was not much flavor and the portions were small. If I were and average or bigger eater I would have been hungry. Which might be the point, there was room for dessert....
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  • Great home cooked Italian food
    FoodiePlus
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Warm hospitality, and excellent home cooked food. I will return and tell our friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Standard Italian
    PAmarco
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Menu had standard fare mostly, though not as many entrees as I would have expected. Appetizer fried calamari was exceptional! Pasta and risotto dishes were prepared to a good standard. Desserts were ok, not great - the cannoli were a bit odd, being the diameter of a narrow tubular cookie. Wine selections were ok in variety and pricing. Ambiance was quite loud, not conducive to private conversations.
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  • Great good
    TopfeasterVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We have been going to Spore for over 10 years. We enjoy the great service and the food. It is always a pleasure to be there as we are treated like family. Massimo has waited on us most of the time and we feel very much at home. Best place in Burlingame.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a wonderful meal that was planned at the last moment. Our server (Tony) was exceptional. He was there when we needed him, but he didn't hover. We have been going to Sapore for over ten years and have never been diappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun birthday dinner
    luvvansVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Enjoyed a fun birthday dinner with great salads & pastas. Oscar, our waiter, was wonderful. So friendly & efficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service!
    Tatu
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I went to Sapore Italiano for a dinner. Made reservations on OpenTable and got a table downstairs for 7, as requested. My party took some minutes to find a parking space (it IS an issue in Burlingame, depending on the time) and I apologized. The waitress had a big smile: "I am not in a rush", she said. The place was packed, but the atmosphere was really good. Food is awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foods are good
    RabbitL
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great Italian food. The waiter is very nice and professional. Overall the restaurant is nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Bear
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went here to celebrate a birthday and it was a perfect choice! The food was delicious! There were many things on the menu that we wanted to try so we'll be going back to this restaurant soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK meal
    Nottoofussy
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We were looking for a moderate priced good Italian place, where we could have a simple pasta dinner. I had the spaghetti with clams, which was unremarkable, except for having a lot of red pepper in it, which overwhelmed everything else. My wife had a dish of various grilled vegetables wrapped in a sheet of pasta, and covered with a tomato cream sauce, which was pretty good. I would not go out of my way to return, and it was a bit more expensive than deserved.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it - will return
    WineGal
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food and service. Nice spot in downtown Burlingame.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great callimari
    foodie101
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Booked reservations half an hour before we sat down to eat so was pleasantly surprised. Seating was near the bar and a bit squeezed in with bench seats on one side and a chair on the other. Service was quick and for a weeknight crowded.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Delicious. Far exceeded my expectations. They have gluten free pasta!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent vegetarian options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Pretty good options for vegetarians. The basic marinara+pasta was pretty flavorful. The special took some time be prepared but it was good and was a large portion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant, but pricy
    DateNightVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Tasty food and a pleasant atmosphere make Spore Italian a nice place to dine. Situated in downtown Burlingame, this is a small, quaint restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taster's Choice
    TastersChoice
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The tiramisu was delicious, the cake layers were light and moist. Can't say that the service was exceptional or friendly. Location is very fun, however! Burlingame Ave is like a little Santana Row; the shops feel new and fresh.
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  • Great Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Excellent pasta. Service was very good. I'm usually picky and difficult to please, and I really enjoyed our meal here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef knows how to poach salmon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Many restaurants over cook salmon. When I ordered I asked to have the salmon poached and it turned out great. Just right, not over done. Enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Great homemade pastas
    Pete
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    First time there and the pasta's GREAT. Calamari fritti good. Sauce of the rock shrimp pasta is very fresh and light. Server is friendly. Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian food in Burlingame
    ChrisK
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My wife and I recently celebrated my birthday at Sapore Italiano. My wife, in particular, appreciates that the restaurant offers great-tasting, gluten-free pasta provided with any sauce available for the other pasta entrees. My favorite is the gnocchi with gorgonzola. The gnocchi are made fresh and you can clearly taste the difference. The owner knew it was my birthday during this most recent visit, and brought out a complementary serving of tiramisu. There is an upstairs dining area that we actually prefer because it is quieter and there is a bit more space than downstairs. When we go to Burlingame, this restaurant is our first choice for Italian food.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delizioso!!!
    TimetoEatVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I picked this from Yelp for a family dinner after returning from Mexico. It was perfect. The service was great. The food was amazing. Everyone was very pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Italian
    sfdiner
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection. The fresh homemade pasta has me craving for more.. Can't wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Place to Go
    Best4me
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Sapore has wonderful Italian food. If you're looking for something special or just a good Italian meal - This is the place to go. The pastas are delicious, and so are the meat and fish dishes. The wine list has every type wine that you can imagine! All good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 356 reviews are from the Sapore Italiano reviews archive.
  • Good and bad
    DrSeuss
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I think that the food here is really good. I had the Pesto Gnocci and is was great! I also tried Fettuccini Alfredo with Shrimp and that was great as well. The service here is a toss up. The first time that I went here, it was good. This past visit was terrible! When our food came out, 2 of the 7 dishes that we ordered were completely wrong. The waiter was nice enough to compensate by giving us free dessert, but what he should have done was comped the 2 incorrect dishes. When we got the change from our check, he said that they were 75 cents short and asked if that was okay. Ridiculous! Then, he tried to grab the tip that we left in the check holder right away. He probably knew that we were going to leave him a terrible tip,which we did.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Will not return
    SushiblackVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Service was extremely slow, 15 minutes after placing cocktail orders we still didn't have our drinks. We went to the bar and ordered. Our server was nice, but slow. We had to ask for tableware twice before receiving it, and the table linen had red pasta stains on it. The food was mediocre , and the portions small. The one plus for the evening is that they didn't charge us a corkage fee for our wine. We will not be going back.
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  • Best Italian Food
    TopfeasterVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Their Vongole and Lasagna are the best tasting dishes for me.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok but Inconsistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Love the free olive oil with sundried tomato bread dipping sauce! It's our second time dining here as a group of 5. Flavor is the same as last visit, but portion size this time around was a bit inconsistent. I ordered the clam linguine both times, but I got just half the clams this time. Two people ordered the same type of pasta, and one came with more pasta. Another two friends ordered some tomato sauce based pasta... one with more sauce, the other with barely any sauce.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Open red wine served
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Tasted poor. I did not comment. I might reconsider a third visit to this establishment. Pasta was excellent.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Great Find on Burlingame Ave.
    nhs55VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The construction on Burlingame Ave. notwithstanding, one can enter this great restaurant either from Burlingame Ave. or from the rear near Walgreen's and next to Wells Fargo Bank. The food is consistently well, well above par, and is priced reasonably. The service is very cultured. The desserts are fabulous!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food!
    FanofGoodFood
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurants! The food is always hot and tasty. We usually come for dinner, the salads are delicious and come in generous portions, my favorite pasta has tomato cream sauce. Another favorite is the pasta Rustica. I have also had the prawns, very yummy! The acoustics make the space a little loud at times, but I have not had problems hearing conversations at my table. The servers are friendly and helpful, the atmosphere is relaxed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service: bad food
    WalterVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Very disappointed with the experience. Service was mediocre even excluding the fact that they tried to bring us someone else's order once and sent our order to another table and then did not correct the error. My food was a disaster as the grilled fish I ordered still had was not scaled or de-boned. Quite embarrassing trying to pick out scales and bones out of your mouth during a business dinner. The side of nearly raw vegetables was also nothing to write home about.
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  • the-Come-Back Place
    ninav364VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    we were very impressed how well they handle the crowd on the Mother's Day evening! calamari app. was the best we ever had - generous portion, not much brad crumbs, not over fried. Chicken looked and tasted very juicy and Delicious, pizza had plenty of ham, duck breast was well prepared and presented. Ceasar salad - well balanced and big enough to share. Service was attentive and timely. Prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Got right in on a Sat night!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Considering we got there so late, we were happy to grab a table last minute. The food was good and fresh, but our waiter was nothing to write home about. We kept having to flag him down and actually had to stand up to catch his attention in order to get our final bill. Frustrating. I would've given more stars for overall rating if the service was better.
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    Kid-Friendly, Romantic, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    Sandie
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I have been to events where food from this restaurant was catered, so I wanted to go there and try it in person. It was delicious. The owner recognized me, I met him at a couple of the events, gave us an beautiful appetizer and didn't charge us corkage on 2 bottles of wine. Highly recommend ... service was great!
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    Fit For Foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just awesome
    Erasmo
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    It's one if the best and more authentic italian restaurant in the bay area.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local restaurant - Run
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great local restaurant - Run by Italian family with yummy food and good salads
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    TravelingJoe
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    We ate at Sappore's while in SF on vacation. We selected it mainly because it was close to the hotel, and we're glad we did. The food was fantastic! My wife said that the gnocchi was the best she had ever had. The rest of our dishes were very good as well....and the desserts were phenomenal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for dinner
    TingerVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We have going to Sapore for many years. The host/ owner is always friendly. The menu is good, the food preparation is consistent. The service is attentive and prompt.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and service were
    Paul
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The food and service were great. The veal chop on the specials menu was excellent! The only drawback is some of the tables, particularly on the upper level, are positioned too close together. Our table had less than 6 in from the one on my right, and about 12 in from the one on the left. No chance for a private conversation. It was a full house on Friday evening, but yet, it was a bit uncomfortable, being so crowded.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so good service!
    GiraffeRider
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We were there, a group of 6 of us on Tuesday, 3/25/14. We were seated on the second level. I was sitting under a fan and it was cold. I had to ask for hot water refills four times. By the time I get my refill of hot water, it was at the end of the meal. Not so good with service! Gayle Chan
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic