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About Sapore Italiano

Sapore Italiano is a relaxed Italian eatery known for its tasty bread and hearty cuisine. The restaurant serves everything, from pizzas and salads, to veal scaloppine Marsala and tiger prawns with a basil and white wine sauce.

Try Sapore Italiano's homemade meat lasagna or signature insalata Sapore with greens, chicken breast, raisins and sliced apples in a balsamic vinaigrette for lunch. Sapore Italiano's dinner menu includes irresistible antipasti like carpaccio Veneto with raw beef, shaved Parmesan, arugula, Dijon mustard, olive oil and lemon. The restaurant's rigatoni with ground sausage and vegetarian pizza are both standout dishes. A large wine list includes a nice variety of Italian and Californian wines. Sapore Italiano also serves gluten-free and whole wheat pastas.

1447 Burlingame Ave
Burlingame, CA 94010
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Dessert

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
El Camino Real

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 348-3277

Website:
http://www.saporeitaliano.org/

Entertainment:
One television located at the bar and another television upstairs in the private dining area.

Catering:
Private party catering for over 20 people. Call for details.

Parking Details:
Metered parking is available on Burlingame Ave. and behind the restaurant. Free parking after 6:00 pm.

Public Transit:
Caltrain - Burlingame Station. Head West on Burlingame Ave., restaurant will be on the left side of the street. Next to Walgreens/Safeway.

Executive Chef:
Angelo Cucco

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please join us for… Birthdays, Anniversary, Baby shower, Bridal shower, Graduation, Wedding Reception and any other special event that you would like to celebrate with us.

Private Dining

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.

Sapore Italiano Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for Groups (6)
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Good for Birthdays (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Business Meals (4)
Cozy (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderfully prepared home made Italian entrees, attentive service and reasonable prices make Sapore Italiano something of an undiscovered treasure! In the world of "flashier Burlingame Avenue restaurants" Sapore can get a little lost but don't mistake "flash and a scene" for good food at reasonable prices!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Delicious locally owned authentic Italian food. Delicious raviolis, salads, and meat dishes.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Several times when I had dinner at this restaurant the waiter would bring the main course before the appetizers/soup are finished

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was great as always. Waitress was exceptional even though it looked to us that staff was lacking on a Friday night

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Very good meatballs and SACCHETTO VEGETARIANO. Enjoyed it.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Authentic home made Italian specialties combined w an attentive but not intrusive staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We asked for the salad dressing to be put on the side, but the salad came dressed. The pasta was drenched in too much sauce and the pizza dough was very tough. Only the gnocchi was good. The service was attentive at the beginning, but servers were not available at the end of our meal. The noise level was deafening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great meal! We had the gnocchi, spinach ravioli and the cacio de pepe gnocchetti. All three were exceptional!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food was great, the service was excellent, the only downside is that it was very noisy. It's a long room with a high-ceiling so it was hard to hear my dinner companion sometimes. I will absolutely go back with friends, but not for a date night.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Saporeis one of my favorite places to eat when I'm in the Valley. Authentic Italian food with great service. I love it !!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Order the Spaghetti aglio e olio. It is not on the menu, but it is just the best!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Reliably good Italian food and service. Nice people!

The noise level is uncomfortable in a full restaurant. It is time for some acoustical rescue for this restaurant before all the new competitors with nicer environments squeeze this aging place out.

I hate to see lack of a remodel to fix this longstanding spot make it go away.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

My wife and I have been patrons of Sapore for a long time. The restaurant consistently has great Italian food at reasonable prices. For this outing, I had the veal marsala, superbly done, and my wife had the fish of the day, tasty and tender Grouper. My favorite desert is the semi-freddo.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This is one my my long time favorite places to get Italian food from the hands of authentic Italians! I have never been disappointed!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Fun
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Nice little Italian place, vert good food, seems like quite a few regulars, probably if you come often the owner will say hello.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2017

I always enjoy going to Sapore. Never disappointed!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, People Watching, Comfort Food, Casual, Romantic, Fun, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Poor service, staff seemed to be too busy.
The waitress even rolled her eyes after we asked for our check a second time. The restaurant was very warm and stuffy. Had to keep asking for water. The food was mediocre. Won't return.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 28, 2017

I had been to Sapore Italiano once before for lunch and was impressed by the food. Our dinner the other night was also excellent. Our waiter was not the friendliest guy in the world, but because of the great food, I will not be deterred from going back again and again.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Very delicious meal and good service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Great service with better food. One of our new favorites.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Service was extremely lacking and the Iced Tea was not made on site. You could taste the preservatives!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Very good family owned, home cooked Italian entrees w many house made pasta choices. Low key w excellent attentive service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Anniversary

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Excellent, beautiful food. Fresh flavors and great quality. Although there was a fair number of people eating there it did not seem overly noisy. My grilled salmon was done to perfection.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Perfectly delightful. Great service, delicious food, nice ambiance.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Great family owned and run Italian w principally house-made pasta and other well prepared entrees. Service was attentive w/o being intrusive. An undiscovered gem in many respects.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Small family owned and operated. Excellent cuisine at reasonable prices w attentive service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We had a reservation and arrived on the early side. One there, we learned from the hostess that they don't accept the OpenTable reservations, were completely full, and we'd have to eat elsewhere.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

One entree came half way through the other two of us finishing - so much for going out to eat together on a weekend night. Manager blamed the cook - no offer made to make the situation right. Wine service was clumsy - did not follow proper wine advice etiquette. Server not suited for her job - delivered plates - blah attitude with no excitement about menu. Too bad - I always root for the local restaurant to succeed - not the case here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

The previous chef is back and it shows. The food was wonderful and creative.
It is always a good time there. Our server was new but charming, she needs
to get a little more experience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Excellent, very authentic Italian food. Very nice service. Very reasonable prices.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 25, 2017

This is the third time we have dined at Sapore and each time we have had a wonderful meal. The seating is cozy especially upstairs however it doesn't detract from the meal, which is the main attraction. The portions are correct and the presentations are simple, as it should be for an Italian dinner. All-in-all a good experience.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Service was extremely slow and inattentive. The environment was extremely loud and I had a very hard time communicating with my dinner partner who was sitting across from me. It was a struggle to get someone to refill our water, get to go boxes, or get the check. Dinner took just under two hours which was way longer than we expected to be there for one appetizers and two entrees. Worse yet, no one updated us on progress that things were delayed but still coming out. We tried to flag someone down to find out the status of our food but no one was paying any attention and walking around with their heads down.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

We had an outstanding meal. The food was delicious. Our server was a lovely Italian girl from Naples. She seemed to be new. The service was slow. She took our orders for appetizers, but forgot one. Then she forgot to take our order for the main course. My husband and I weren't in a hurry, but it took 2 hours to get through the meal, and we didn't order dessert.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Our waiter was so nice, food good I had the sauted prawns, the saluted Brussels sprouts in pancetta & balsamic vinegar were excellent. Definitely going again

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 20, 2017

We don't go out as often as our peers as we have a high bar for food when we dine out. That being said, each time we go to Sapore and order fish (usually on their specials) we have truly enjoyed dinner!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 16, 2017

This restaurant is always outstanding as usual!! Highly recommended!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 14, 2017

I have been going to Sapore for over 15 years. I continue to bench mark the food with other Italian restaurants. So far, Sapore is the best Italian restaurant I been to.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

My expectation for service is to be welcomed at my reservation timely, but instead I felt more reprimanded. I had to wait 30 minutes for my reservation time. During that time, I tried to order 3 different bottles of wine at the bar from their quite short Italian wine menu. Each time, I waited 10 minutes while they went to the cellar, came back, and said they didn't have it. Obviously after 3 failed attempts I was frustrated and irritable. Once they seated us, things went better. I told them just to bring any wine bottle at that point, and their choice was acceptable. The menu here is quite simple and nothing really spectacular, but the food tasted good. It's what I would call simple Italian comfort food, and it's done well at that level.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2017

First time visiting.... but definitely going again!!!
took my granddaughter for lunch and we loved it!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Kid-friendly, Casual, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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