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Best Italian Restaurants in San Mateo


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A photo of Pausa Bar & Cookery restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • San Mateo
Booked 38 times today
Pausa Bar & Cookery is acclaimed as a haven for lovers of Italian cuisine, nestled in the heart of San Mateo. The restaurant's food receives praise for its creativity and expert preparation, as evidenced by glowing reviews that highlight their impeccable pizzas, pasta, and entrées. Pausa’s atmosphere is described as a joyful Italian house party, creating an authentic and lively ambiance. Patrons frequently commend the service, describing it as knowledgeable and attentive. Their diverse offerings, ranging from Wagyu Beef Bavette to the unique risotto with shaved white Alba truffles, earn rave reviews, with one customer describing it as the best Italian restaurant in the Bay Area. The restaurant's commitment to quality and authenticity, paired with its robust Italian wine list, consolidate its reputation as a true gem of Italian cuisine.
A photo of Vespucci Ristorante Italiano restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • San Mateo
Vespucci Ristorante Italiano consistently impresses with its warm ambiance and outstanding Italian cuisine. Numerous patrons express their delight, heralding it as their "favorite Italian restaurant". Dishes such as the Petrale Sole Piccata and spaghetti carbonara receive particular praise for their excellent preparation and authentic Italian taste, while desserts such as the Limoncello parfait and sorbet are noted as perfect finishers. Reviewers frequently highlight the friendly and attentive staff, particularly the owners Francesco and Manuela, who impart a welcoming and hospitable atmosphere. Overall, Vespucci Ristorante Italiano provides a gastronomical experience that truly evokes the spirit of Italy, making it highly-recommended by many.
A photo of Sapore Express restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • San Mateo
Booked 5 times today
Sapore Express is a distinguished dining establishment renowned for its high-quality Italian cuisine. Patrons have particularly praised the restaurant's exquisite homemade pasta and diverse sauce options, ranging from classic carbonara and creamy alfredo to exotic squid ink pasta and delectable veal piccata. What truly sets the restaurant apart, however, is its exceptional service, especially as observed in Oswaldo's dedication to creating a delightful dining experience. Sapore Express expertly balances an atmosphere of attentiveness and hospitality even during busy hours. Earning an enthusiastic five-star rating, Sapore Express is a hidden gem in the culinary scene, highly recommended for anyone seeking an authentic and enjoyable Italian food experience.
A photo of Tomatina - San Mateo restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • San Mateo
Situated in San Mateo, Tomatina is renowned for its delightful Italian cuisine. Customers highly commend its extensive range of dishes from pizzas to pastas and salads. As noted in the reviews, the tiramisu is a must-try dessert, and the garden pizza, filled with fresh vegetables, is cited as not only delicious but also a great value. Patrons rave about the chicken fettuccine Alfredo, describing it as "the best." Its lunch specials are praised for being satisfying and light, and the service is repeatedly lauded for its friendly, helpful, and attentive nature. The superb food, coupled with the affable staff, consistently delivers a gratifying dining experience at Tomatina.
A photo of Il Fornaio - Burlingame restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Burlingame
Booked 31 times today
Il Fornaio in Burlingame is celebrated as a hub for high-quality Italian cuisine. The establishment has won over patrons with an array of authentic and delicious dishes such as homemade Italian staples, salads, and a particular favorite, penne pasta with vodka cream and bacon. Many patrons appreciate its excellent service and the relaxed yet elegant ambiance. The restaurant's wine list never disappoints, expanding the horizons of diners with each visit. It is touted as a gem in Burlingame, with easy rail connections from San Francisco and farther down the peninsula. Patrons also praise the restaurant for its consistent food delivery and commend its ability to cater to various dietary needs, including vegan preferences. Il Fornaio Burlingame comes highly recommended for being consistently good, providing excellent value, and being a suitable venue for occasions ranging from business lunches to celebrations with family and friends.
A photo of Pizzeria Delfina Burlingame restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Burlingame
Booked 29 times today
Pizzeria Delfina Burlingame is an esteemed Italian restaurant located in Burlingame, renowned for its tantalizing pizzas and authentic Italian dishes. Customers rave about the unique, mouthwatering combinations, such as broccoli raab pizza with house-made fennel sausage, which take you on a culinary trip straight to old-world Italy. Other menu highlights include grilled asparagus with brown butter and generous parmesan shavings, creating an unforgettable flavor experience. The restaurant is also praised for its excellent service, warm ambiance, and high-quality ingredients that are purportedly as fresh and pure as those found in Italy. Regulars regard Pizzeria Delfina as the best Italian place in the area, with new ones declaring it their favorite pizzeria on the peninsula. All these aspects make it a cherished spot for both casual meetings and festive celebrations.
A photo of Saltyard Restaurant and Bar restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Burlingame
Booked 3 times today
Saltyard Restaurant and Bar earns high praise for its excellent Italian cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood. Customers consistently laud the restaurant for its tantalizing sauces, flavorful dishes, and lavish servings. Standout dishes include the shrimp risotto and seafood linguini, both loaded with fresh shellfish. Customers also commend the cioppino, which has the distinction of being dubbed the "best ever" by a patron of Italian descent. The ambiance is deemed perfect for date nights or group dinners, with attentive service adding to the positive experience. All these attributes make Saltyard Restaurant and Bar a preferred destination for those craving high-quality Italian fare.
A photo of Vivace - Belmont restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Belmont
Booked 25 times today
Vivace - Belmont is a highly recommended Italian restaurant known for its phenomenal food and exceptional service. Patrons rave about the exquisite flavors, outstanding presentation, and high-quality ingredients used in their dishes. Described as a go-to Italian eatery with a lively ambiance, Vivace provides an exceptional dining experience, stellar service and an excellent wine list. The restaurant's service is not only professional but also friendly, with staff always ready to make excellent wine and food recommendations. With many years of consistent excellence, Vivace - Belmont stands out for providing full value for money and a warm, comfortable dining environment. It is, without a doubt, a cherished culinary gem in the realm of Italian cuisine.
A photo of Trapeze Restaurant - Burlingame restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Burlingame
Booked 10 times today
Trapeze Restaurant - Burlingame consistently serves up excellent Italian cuisine according to its numerous stellar reviews. Patrons frequently commend the perfectly cooked appetizers and entrees, the reasonable pricing, and the delightful service. The selection from the restaurant's extensive wine list enhances the Italian dining experience for many customers. Special mentions were made on the freshness and taste of salads, the outstanding lobster ravioli, and the best-in-class tiramisu. Described as a gem with a great location in Burlingame, reviewers note that you would have to go to San Francisco or Palo Alto to find anything similar. Undoubtedly, Trapeze Restaurant - Burlingame stands as a top choice for Italian food connoisseurs.
A photo of La Lanterna Ristorante restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • San Mateo
Booked 8 times today
La Lanterna Ristorante, nestled in San Mateo, is a beacon of authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant consistently garners acclaim from patrons for its unrivaled food and attentive service. The Mista salad with prawns and Squid Ink Spaghetti con Frutti di Mare are particularly lauded for their exquisite flavors. Patrons are also enchanted by the special Limoncello cocktail and Bellini, and the Profiteroles come highly recommended. They often feature delightful specials, including fresh fish prepared in traditional Italian style. The ambiance is undeniably inviting, making it an ideal spot for both casual dining and special occasions. La Lanterna Ristorante is a culinary gem that every gourmand should experience.

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Discover best Italian restaurants in San Mateo

Discover the essence of Italian cuisine in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Peninsula, San Mateo. Renowned for its vibrant dining scene, this area offers a variety of Italian restaurants that cater to all preferences, from traditional family recipes to innovative culinary creations. Each establishment prides itself on delivering authentic Italian flavors, often highlighted by their use of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and house-made specialties such as pastas and focaccias. Patrons frequently commend these restaurants for their exceptional service and inviting atmospheres, which often include tasteful Italian decor and artwork. The dining experience is further enriched by a commitment to hospitality, making each meal not just a feast for the palate but also a memorable event. Whether you're a local or a visitor, exploring San Mateo's Italian dining options provides a delightful culinary journey through Italy's rich gastronomic culture.

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