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Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Vespucci Ristorante Italiano

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://valiiancu2003.wix.com/vespucci-ristorante
  • Phone: (650) 685-6151
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 9:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary Italian
  • Executive Chef: Antonio
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Father's Day Menu

    Sea roll with ricotta cheese and smoked salmon
    Rice with scallops and truffle oil
    Ravioli pasta stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach in tomato sauce
    Pistachio roasted salmon

    Buon appetito!!!!

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A word from Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Hello OpenTable diners! We are Antonio and Rosaria, a young couple from Southern Italy. Antonio is a master chef and Rosaria grew up in a family of restaurateurs. Our goal is to help you discover authentic traditional dishes from the Calabria region of Italy, such as Fusilli alla Calabrese, Gnocchi del Mare, Tortino al Granchio e much more.. Rosaria is a singer and beginning in April you can enjoy live classical music in our restaurant. Come and experience authentic Italian cuisine in a classic, refined and intimate atmosphere where you will feel at home on all occasions, from a weeknight with your friends to weekend date night to a family gathering. We look forward to meeting you soon. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "My family and I went to Vespucci's looking for authentic Italian and were not disappointed. Going to to Vespucci's put us right back in Italy with the food and hospitality. We were greeted warmly and seated as we walked in. Our waiter explained the specials of the day and answered our questions when we weren't familiar with something. I had the Farfalle con salmone e piselli(basically bow tie pasta with salmon and peas in a pink sauce). Not only was the pasta amazing but the salmon was absolutely delicious as well. I ended the night with a limoncello sorbet that was so light and refreshing I still can't believe how good it was. If you want great Italian food Vespucci should definitely be on your list."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Hosted dinner for 8 partner consultants, staff was awesome and Antonio took care of us big time! We had a blast and the food was excellent!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We celebrated our wedding anniversary and could not have picked a better place in San Mateo. We were greeted in a friendly manner upon arrival and placed at a prestigious window seat. Service was prompt, food arrived promptly and was fresh and at the right temperature. Water glasses were kept filled and the beer arrived cold and tasty. Dessert was excellent and a special treat for us. It should be noted this is a family run business with the owner involved including asking our opinion of the meal. This was our first meal and we plan to return in the future and expand our horizons. Dress is casual and it appeared some of the other patrons dined here previously and returned for the good food and excellent service."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "tried it for the first time, it will not be the last. really good authentic Italian food"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great food,friendly waiters,wonderful owners.Love this neighborhood spot.Will return many times."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Could not understand why the menu can not be viewed on the web. Went for lunch and found they do not have a "lunch" menu, they just give you dinner and charge dinner prices. Very few people there for lunch, so I guess others have learned before me. Very expensive, especially for lunch, which is a dinner. Food quality is very good, but portions are small. The restaurant would gain alot of customers by having a reduced cost lunch menu like others, since we always try a restaurant for lunch before committing to a dinner. At least I learned to not go to any restaurants or gas stations that do not publish their prices!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was well done and our Italian friends thought it authentic. Service was impeccable. Parking in downtown San Mateo is a challenge."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Been there many, many times...food is consistently good. A great spot for traditional and authentic Italian pasta...the pesto sauce is to die for."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We were a family of eight celebrating a birthday at lunchtime. The restaurant was virtually empty, which was good and bad. We had excellent service by a very professional wait staff, but there was not much ambiance. The food was generally good, but the veal tasted a bit old, and my sister's eggplant dish was slightly burned. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Love this restaurant.Food is always great.Oweners and servers always friendly.i promise if you try it you will go back many times."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Went here for a business lunch/birthday. Everyone enjoyed their food, the complimentary cake was a very nice touch! The food was fresh and flavorful. I had the minestrone, which was different, but amazingly wonderful. No pasta! Perfect for the paleo diet."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "My wife asked me my preference for my birthday dinner. I chose Italian and this is the restaurant she mentioned. Outstanding choice! Food was great and staff were all courteous and service was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We had a very pleasant meal at Vespucci except for some shenanigans with the wine list. Every wine we asked for from the list was no longer available and we were told the list was "in transition". We ended up with an Ok but not great bottle of wine the waiter offered from off list and I was a little annoyed about the whole process. The food was quite good though. Next time we may bring our own bottle of wine & pay the corkage fee."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We've driven and walked by this restaurant for a long time and never even thought of going in. We couldn't even read the name of the place as the sign as such stylized script that it's hard to decipher. Finally decided to try it. It was wonderful! The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Only drawback is the limited number of protein entrees to choose from. They probably need to expand that a bit. But we would definitely recommend trying this surprisingly good, neighborhood Italian trattoria."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "This is a wonderful local restaurant for great tasting authentic Italian food and is perfectly situated in downtown San Mateo. The owners and staff were wonderful, inviting, attentive and very friendly. The bottom line....We will go back!!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We dine at Vespucci fairly often and our last visit was exceptional! A chicken special was amazing and I urged our most gracious host to keep it on the menu. The restaurant is attractive and the service is attentive. I wish the white wine list presented more selections and included Italian wines."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The food was exceptional for all 3 of us. Will go there more often."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Italy is not far away with the addition of this place. Staff was friendly and accomadating. Everything as nice, although the space itself is a bit cold and could use some accents to give it some warmth."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We joined friends at Vespucci on Saturday. It was a lovely surprise! Our food was really terrific. The owner/chef was very kind about accommodating all food allergies. He was concerned about making sure the food still tasted good when he took out the "offending" ingredients -- he did, and the veal was excellent."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Everything on the menu is great and invariably tastes better than you are expecting it to taste. Choose a daily special, when available. The chef takes pride in creating them and it shows."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Overall the experience was good. My food was really delicious (rigatoni pomodoro) but my husband thought the eggplant parm was OK, but this is coming from an Italian who is very particular about this dish. Salad was solid. The service was ok. They seemed short staffed for the amount of people in the restaurant and we found ourselves waiting a lot. The ambience needs some improvement - it didn't feel as homey as other Italian restaurants."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This is a relatively new gem of a restaurant that has only been in San Mateo for just a year It replaced a rather ordinary Vietnamese restaurant and the transformation is welcome and extraordinary. The food is prepared with genuine affection. Pasta is absolutely fresh. Specials are unique and interesting. Everything is unhurried and presented thoughtfully. The ambience is subdued elegance. Their service in welcoming and attentive."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We have dined at Vespucci's 5 times as part of guest parties of 2 to 8 persons for both a night out as well as for special occassions. Vespucci has continued to provide wonderful cuisine from appitezers to primo piatti to secundo piatti. Everything any of our guests has been served has been exquisitely prepared, cooked properly, and flavored as should be expected from a fine Italian restauraunt. The service has been outstanding and friendly. We rate this restauraunt as the best Italian restaurant on the peninsula."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Went for the first time for valentine's dinner. the restaurant is tucked away among all the other restaurants on 3rd street. Food was good. I had the gnocchi, which was cooked perfectly--a little firm without over cooking into mush. The seafood sauce accompanying the pasta was excellently flavored. Hubby had chicken, which was well cooked, but just chicken. Panna cota was very good. The people who served us were very friendly, very attentive, and fit the ambience of the place very well. One of my favorite part of the dining was that all the tables were nicely spaced. Even though we were in a good sized dining room, it felt like it was just the two of us."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "As an East Coast Italian, while I love many of the "gourmet" Italian restaurants out there, sometimes you just want delicious basics with a bit of an interesting twist. Not sure how we missed this place for as long as we lived here but we've found it now and we loved it. Greeted by Antonio and his sister, as we chatted in Italian (well, my broken Italian), I knew this was going to be a great "real" Italian place. He even explained that one of the sauces on a dish we ordered was a family recipe and I think he said they simmer it for hours! Service is wonderful, food is solid, delicious and just the right portions. We are definitely coming back here again - I felt like I was with my family!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Food was superb, everything very fresh. The flavors were at the same time delicate and distinctive. The portions were generous but not overwhelming, and the presentation thoughtful but not pretentious. The service was impeccable, and the owner/chef stopped by every table a couple of times to check in with the customers. The only thing that could have improved the experience is some soft background music; the quiet made conversation easy, but at times it felt too quiet."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We requested a table by the window, which is what we got. Ordered Caesar salad, and the special cabbage salad, which was excellent. Main course was pesto gnocchi and cioppino, both were outstanding. The seafood was so fresh. Desert of lemon sorbeto, served in a champaign glass, and the best tiramisu I've ever tried. Everything is fresh and made to order. Be prepared to have a nice conversation with your companions while you wait for food to be prepared. Perfection takes time"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We will return many times.Great place to dine with friends.Food is very good and service wonderful.Love the owners .Everyone should give this special spot a try.You won't be disappointed ."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I went here for a Friday night dinner with my girlfriend. The food was fairly mediocre, however the service is great. We had an awesome waiter that was very friendly and attentive. As nice as the waiter was, I don't think I'll be returning here. They need to do a better job with their food."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Food was excellent; it was my birthday and they sung to me in Italian. Noise level high"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Regional Italian homemade pastas and gnocchi, with friendly, hospitable owner who explained the background of his favs, some of which you won't find anywhere else. Gnocchi di mare and linguine al vongole were especially good, as was the tomato/anchovie dipping sauce for the bread. Attentives staff and decor made us feel like we were dining inside an Italian palace."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "There are too many really good Italian restaurants in the area to recommend this one, although we had an enjoyable evening. The food just wasn't that great. Service was fabulous and wait staff great."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Great food! Beautiful presentation. Friendly and warm service. Wonderful experience. Owner and his wife were delightful. We will return!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "We received personal attention from the chef-owner and his wife-server. We were there for three hours and enjoyed every minute of it."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "The couple who own this restaurant is very nice and they are from italy so you felt like you were dining in Italy. The place needs some color it is very stark and doesn't give the feell of warmth. The food is very good but not excellent. We were done with our meal and finishing our wine and another waiter asked us if we could leave because there was someone neeeding our table, I have never been asked to get up from my table before this was a turnoff. We left and probably will never go back."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "We had an excellent dinner last night at Vespucci - our first, but not last visit. Service was friendly, timely and professional. My wife and I each had a pasta dish - for her, Ravioli all' Aragosta - she asked to replace the creamy tomato sauce with a pomodoro sauce - which they gladly accommodated. I had one of my favorites - and a basic Roman dish - Rigatoni Amatriciana - - the guanciale was perfect. We finished off with any outstanding Torta al Cioccolato. We'll be back - and soon."
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Love this place - food is authentic and the service is fabulous!!! Our waiter was wonderful!"
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Vespucci was a great find in San Mateo, after a long day of travel. Service was outstanding and the food was very delicious! We enjoyed ravioli and lasagna, both prepared with homemade pasta and true Italian sauces. The owner & wait staff were friendly and accommodating to any special requests. If we lived nearby, this would be a favorite spot!"
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "What wonderful people the husband and wife team are who own this gem of a restaurant. They make you feel like family. The food is excellent. The fish was fresh and cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "The food here is excellent and the owner chef and spouse hostess/wait person are friendly, accommodating, professional and helpful."
    Dined on 9/19/2013