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Sapore Italiano
Sapore Italiano

Sapore Italiano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saporeitaliano.org
  • Phone: (650) 348-3277
  • 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: Italian, Seafood, Dessert
  • 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.

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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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent pasta. Service was very good. I'm usually picky and difficult to please, and I really enjoyed our meal here."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection. The fresh homemade pasta has me craving for more.. Can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Their Vongole and Lasagna are the best tasting dishes for me."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Tasted poor. I did not comment. I might reconsider a third visit to this establishment. Pasta was excellent."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "It's one if the best and more authentic italian restaurant in the bay area. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Great local restaurant - Run by Italian family with yummy food and good salads"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, casual but not too noisy. Our service was perfect - not intrusive but always there when we needed something. The salads and pasta specials were all excellent - loved my noodles with clams and scallops and spicy marina sauce. Great mix of families, dates and friends out for a fun meal."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Food was yummy, portions were generous and great to share. I didn't realize that everyone in our group (5 of us) liked what we ate that evening until recently, we mentioned how we all want to go back again!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "In the past, I've had great meals here. Unfortunately this last meal was clearly reheated from frozen. Change of ownership, change of management?"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "My husband and I recently moved to Burlingame, we walked past Sapore one night and decided to give it a try… We've been back countless times already. This is Italian food at it's best. The owner Massimo, is always greeting guests as they arrive. If you're vegetarian the Sacchetto Vegetariano or Gorgonzolla Gnocchi are AMAZING!!! Also you must start with their Calamari. It is cooked perfectly which most restaurants have trouble with. Their wine list has something for everyone, but if you plan ahead, their corkage is only $15/bottle. Try to save enough room for their homemade vanilla gelato, you won't be sorry."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Sapore's food has improved immensely over the past year. It is authentic and we really enjoy the family feeling."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "It was a busy night when my wife and I got there. We where seated within 10 minutes and our server was so gracious and pleasant. Food came out in a little longer; but, that's because it was busy. The server made it a point that we were alright by asking. The food wa great especially my Linguene Bolognese."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We love this neighborhood restaurant. It is comfortable and sweet, good service and delicious sauces. Decent wine list."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "it was a valentine surprise for my wife. we normally stay home and celebrate valentine's day which also happens be our anniversary day quietly. had 7:30 reservations but the staff seated us even though we were early. the service was efficient and prompt. the restaurant was a good find. I would recommend sapore to anyone."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I used to love this restaurant, but between the loud rumble of an inexplicable machine throughout dinner (heater?) and the mediocre food, I was really disappointed. I brought a friend from NY here hoping for a good Italian meal, and was somewhat embarrassed that I had suggested this restaurant. The wine was disappointing as well as the food. I'm sorry to have to write this review. (BTW, the waiter was informed immediately about the irritating noise, and he did not offer to move us)."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Should have ordered a bottle in hindsight as individual glasses were limited on selection and quality. Both couples ordered separate house glasses, and though we knew it would be a compromise, they were very marginal. There's my whine. Good food."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Food is fresh and it taste similar to Italian food"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Not to say it's cheap; it isn't, but you'll truly get what you pay for: solid, southern Italian food, congenial service and a good wine list (geared toward Italian wines). Portions are modest but the food is reasonably rich, but maybe a tad salty for some. Tiramisu was excellent."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Sapore is my go-to restaurant in Burlingame- for both lunch and dinner. I have never been disappointed...the food is consistently good. Favorites are their Eggplant Parmigiana, Gnocchi, Chicken Scallopine, Affogato."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Went to try out Sapore for the first time for dinner for my birthday. Cute restaurant with nice atmosphere. We had a reservation and did not have to wait long for a table, which was good. Service was okay, though not anything special (our server only checked on us once to see how we were doing once we got our food). Food took awhile to come out. The portion for the caprese appetizer was quite small. The gnocchi was delicious, which was the highlight of the meal. We also ordered the sole, which was not particularly flavorful - in addition, I almost choked on a fish bone, and ended up finding four bones in the portion of fish that I was served. For dessert, we ordered the tiramisu, which was good, but didn't really stand out."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Great food nod wine list. Though it can get really noisy."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Lots of charm inside. Surprisingly large. We use it a lot for team dinners. Great specials too"
    Dined on 1/15/2014