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Best Italian Restaurants in Palo Alto


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A photo of Osteria restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Palo Alto
Booked 21 times today
Osteria in Palo Alto is renowned for its authentic Italian cuisine, consistently receiving high praise from its patrons. Customers particularly commend Osteria for its excellent service, with mentions of exceptional wait staff and notably, Francisco, who is described as "top notch" and "amazing". The food is described as "over the top excellent", a testament to Osteria's commitment to quality and authenticity. Standout dishes include the rigatoni with lamb, pesce ravioli, buffalo mozzarella caprese, and linguine Tutto Mare. A return customer of 25 years lovingly mentions the Penne Fantasia pasta dish, highlighting Osteria's enduring appeal. Overall, the consensus is clear: Osteria provides an unmatched Italian dining experience in Palo Alto.
A photo of Il Fornaio - Palo Alto restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Palo Alto
Booked 19 times today
Il Fornaio in Palo Alto is a renowned Italian restaurant acclaimed for its authentic cuisine and attention to detail. Reviewers often comment on the beautiful ambiance and the professionalism of the staff. The menu offers a selection of well-crafted Italian dishes, with high praise given to the pasta, salmon, and traditional bread accompanied by olive oil. Pasta dishes are described as "prepared to perfection" while the Caesar salad and Neapolitan-style pizza receive commendations for their authenticity. Some customers describe their dining experience as "seamless", applauding the skillful service and the warm, attentive atmosphere. The carefully selected wine list and tasty gelato complete the Italian experience. Despite a few minor critiques, Il Fornaio - Palo Alto is highly recommended for its solid, classical Italian cuisine.
A photo of Buca di Beppo - Palo Alto restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Palo Alto
Booked 2 times today
Buca di Beppo in Palo Alto offers exceptional Italian cuisine that has earned rave reviews for its authenticity and quality. Customers consistently praise the restaurant for its substantial portion sizes, delicious eggplant parmigiana, fried calamari, rigatoni pasta with marinara sauce, and the chopped antipasti salad. Reviewers often describe the food as "great," "delicious," and "more than enough," indicating satisfaction with both the quantity and taste. Equally important to the dining experience is the excellent and attentive customer service, especially commending servers like Rodrigo and DeWann. Whether for a casual dinner or a large gathering, Buca di Beppo offers an enjoyable Italian dining experience.
A photo of Che Fico Parco Menlo restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Menlo Park
Booked 57 times today
From Back Home Hospitality comes Che Fico Parco Menlo, an evolution of Che Fico specifically created for the Peninsula located at Springline in Menlo Park. Che Fico Parco Menlo takes inspiration from its critically acclaimed sister restaurant in San Francisco while adding new creations to its menu of Italian fare with California influences. Dishes of hand-rolled pasta, naturally fermented sourdough pizza, antipasti, meat, and fish celebrate the team’s’ passion for Italian cuisine and their dedication to using the best seasonal products from farmers and purveyors in the Bay area.With a vibrant design by Jon De La Cruz, Che Fico Parco Menlo will be the premier destination for both business and social events with private dining options for up to 70 guests. In addition to the dining room, there is an all-season outdoor patio covered by a custom-built pergola with fans for summer nights and heaters for Menlo park 'winters'.
A photo of Cafe Pro Bono restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Palo Alto
Booked 14 times today
Cafe Pro Bono is a highly praised Italian restaurant known for its excellent food and service. Patrons consistently highlight the diverse and interesting twist on traditional Italian dishes, notably the fish, pasta, veal dishes, and desserts. Several reviews mention the restaurant's perceived specialties including horseradish crusted salmon and veal Piccata. Moreover, the Café Pro Bono is commended for its quiet and comfortable atmosphere, perfect for conversations and special occasions. They now offer live music on weekends, making it the perfect spot for various occasions such as family dinners, date nights, or hanging out with friends over a delicious meal. Over the years, Cafe Pro Bono has maintained its exceptional standards, making it the go-to Italian restaurant in the area.
A photo of Cucina Venti restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Mountain View
Booked 25 times today
Cucina Venti is an authentic Italian restaurant that has become a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Reviews highlight the restaurant's exceptional service, with waitstaff who are professional, attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu. The food is consistently praised - from the linguini with seafood to the mushroom ravioli in marsala sauce, each dish is delicious and thoughtfully prepared. The restaurant's ambiance is also a major selling point with its beautiful interior design, comfortable seating, and a lovely outdoor space perfect for dining in good weather. With its premium ingredients and expertly crafted dishes, Cucina Venti has established itself as a must-visit for Italian cuisine in the Bay Area.
A photo of Trellis Restaurant restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Menlo Park
Booked 12 times today
Trellis Restaurant is highly recommended for its authentic and scrumptious Italian cuisine. Located in Menlo Park, it delights customers with its charming atmosphere, especially the outdoor rooftop patio. From various reviews, the restaurant received high-praise for their impressive service and delicious meals. One review says, "Fantastic service, food, and wine list!" emphasizing the authenticity of the Italian food. "Anything other than the plain garden greens can be a lunch in itself...", stated another review highlighting the quality and portion of meals. Trellis does not only offer a delightful dining experience but also gives customers the taste of Italy with their dedication to authentic Italian cuisine.
A photo of La Stanza Cucina Italiana restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Menlo Park
Booked 11 times today
La Stanza Cucina Italiana is an admired purveyor of superb Italian cuisine. Nestled in Menlo Park, this restaurant is renowned for its authenticity, offering a combination of simple comfort and refined tastes. The menu, as recounted by satisfied diners, is dominated by pasta dishes, all prepared with the utmost care. One standout described is the Bucatini all'Amatriciana; onion-laden and fresh. Other patrons applaud the restaurant's impeccable service, with one guest noting their adeptness at creating a seamless birthday celebration. Visitors relish the Sicilian food, particularly the specials, and vouch to return. The fresh salads, pasta, desserts, and the specifically mentioned palatable pear pasta pockets all contribute to the genuine Italian experience that La Stanza Cucina Italiana consistently delivers.
A photo of Roma restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Menlo Park
Booked 2 times today
Roma, a delightful Italian restaurant nestled in Menlo Park, is adored by locals and visitors alike. Patrons rave about its excellent service, sumptuous food, and pleasant ambiance. Roma is particularly appreciated for its outdoor seating, frequently likened to European dining experiences. The authenticity of its dishes is consistently praised, as are the fresh ingredients and professional preparation. From seafood to pasta, customers guarantee that every bite is delicious. They also commend the restaurant's pricing policy, considering it satisfactory given the superior quality of the food. Even for large gatherings, Roma ensures speedy service without rushing the guests. In all, Roma stands as a wonderful Italian addition to Menlo Park, highly recommended by many.
A photo of Caffe Riace restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Palo Alto
Booked 3 times today
Caffe Riace is highly acclaimed for its authentic Italian cuisine, offering a dining experience that is reminiscent of a trip to Italy. Known as a hidden gem in Palo Alto, this restaurant is praised for its delicious food prepared by its Italian proprietors. Their patio, embellished with lights, a fountain, and statues, adds to the coziness of the atmosphere. Reviewers often note the fast, friendly, and professional service, claiming it feels reminiscent of eating in their Italian family’s home, with one reviewer saying it was “like my grandma’s house with all the decorations”. Whether it’s for a casual family dinner or a special occasion, Caffe Riace consistently delivers an excellent dining experience, making it a prized establishment in the local Italian cuisine scene.

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Discover best Italian restaurants in Palo Alto

Explore the rich flavors of Italy right in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area! Our curated selection of Italian restaurants in Palo Alto offers an array of authentic, mouth-watering Italian cuisine that caters to a variety of tastes and preferences. From traditional family-style eateries to sophisticated dining experiences, each restaurant boasts its own unique charm and a dedication to genuine Italian cooking techniques. Patrons can expect to encounter a diverse menu, featuring everything from classic pasta dishes and wood-fired pizzas to innovative Italian-inspired creations. The dining scene in Palo Alto is vibrant and eclectic, reflecting the area’s cosmopolitan vibe while maintaining a deep respect for culinary traditions. Whether you’re looking for a cozy spot for a romantic dinner or a lively venue for a family gathering, the Italian restaurants in Palo Alto provide exceptional food, warm atmospheres, and impeccable service. These establishments not only highlight the best of Italian cuisine but also contribute to the rich tapestry of Palo Alto’s dining culture, making them must-visit destinations for locals and visitors alike.

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