Vespucci Ristorante Italiano

4.7
505 reviews
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*EASTER, SUNDAY THE 21ST we are going to be closed*Celebrate this day with peace and love!May you and your family have a joyous and blessed Easter.
Manuela and Francesco

Welcome to Vespucci Ristorante,our little corner of Italy here in San Mateo.We are Francesco and Manuela from Calabria,Italy.It is a privilege for us to offer you the Cuisine of the culinary traditions of both our families. All the recipes come from our mothers, grandmothers and grandfathers.Francesco’s grandfather Antonio was a renown chef throughout Europe in the early 1950’s. Manuela’s great grandfather Giustino was an accomplished pastry chef in Naples , Italy, in the early 1920’s.
Many of the traditional Italian ingredients used on our menu are proudly imported from Italy, to recreate for you, the authentic flavors of our Country.
We truly wish you an enjoyable dining experience here in the Culture of Vespucci.
Buon Appetito,
Francesco and Manuela.


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MC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding !
We love Vespucci and yes, we drive from San Jose to enjoy!

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Responded 6 days ago

Grazie for loving and supporting us Mike! We can't wait to see you again anytime soon. Have a great day, M

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food! Hospitable staff, nice decor, fairly high noise level but restroom substandard.

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MY
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food is on the salty side which does not suit my palate.

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E
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Frederico, Manuela, Chiro and the staff at Vespucci created an outstanding experience. My mother and aunt were in town from Canada and as always we took our guests to our favorite local restaurant.

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Responded on April 16, 2019

GRAZIE Eric! All our staff is extremely grateful for your warm words. We consider ourselves very lucky for having loyal,affectionate, supporting customers like you and your family! We can't wait to serve you all again, anytime soon. Have a great week, M

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VA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. Able to enjoy conversation without speaking loudly. Friendly professional staff. Only complaint was the weak coffee. I’ll definitely return.

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Responded on April 9, 2019

Van, thank you so much for your positive feedback and kind words. Sorry to read about the coffee, next time, please, ask me to try our amazing espresso(Italian coffee and Italian machine) you are going to love it :) We can't wait to see you anytime soon, here at Vespucci,

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MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful find in downtown San Mateo! Everybody was happy with their food, and the service was excellent.

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Responded on April 9, 2019

Martha, thank you so much for loving us, your support means a lot to us! We can't wait to serve you again, here at Vespucci anytime soon, M

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BC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manuela and Francesco are such warm and welcoming people that they make this extraordinary dining an all around exceptional experience.

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Responded on April 9, 2019

Grazie Betsy! We are so thrilled to read the lovely words that you had for us. We hope to see you soon again, here at Vespucci :) Have a great week, M

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S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff made us feel at home and the food was delicious. I had Veal Scaloppini and my wife had Eggplant Parmesan as our main courses. We splt a Ceasar Salad and we split a piece of chocolate cake for dessert. The veal was cooked perfectly and the wine sauce with the mushrooms was wonderful. The creamed spinach that came with the entree was good also. I tried some of my wife's eggplant and found it to be delicious, also. My wife loved it. The chocolate cake was out of this world. One of the best meals that I've had in a very long time.

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Responded on April 9, 2019

Sir, thank you so much for your lovely comment, knowing that you and your wife felt at home is a great compliment for us! Thank you for appreciating every bite, our food is prepared with so much care, respect for our tradition, best ingredients on the market and much, much love :))) and knowing that you totally appreciated the entire experience makes us incredibly happy. We can't wait to see you again, anytime soon! In the meantime, have a wonderful week, M

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It is always a pleasure to dine at a family-owned establishment.

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Responded on April 7, 2019

John, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a positive ratings for us! It really means a lot!!! Grazie!

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SV
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I must say the restaurant decor was very nice, clean and Italian. However, the noise level was very high. Although, there was a party of 12, but still I would imagine a noisy dinner. Just was not prepared for that. OK - the food and service were amazing and moderately priced. We will go back... Looking for to it.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on April 7, 2019

thank you for loving our traditional food and welcoming and warm service :) Sorry about the noise,unfortunately this is something we can't control. It doesn't depend on the number of people in the party, according our personal experience, sometimes even very large groups can be much quieter than smaller ones, it totally depends on the people composing the group. We can't wait see you anytime soon, have a great Sunday, M

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been coming to Vespucci’s now for three years, and it is by far our FAVORITE Italian restaurant. The food is outstanding and we always feel very welcomed and appreciated when we arrive. I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take clients out to dinner all over the US based on my business and I understand “fine dining” high quality food. Vespucci’s is the very best at Italian dishes. I’m just lucky that I don’t have to fly to enjoy the Vespucci dining experience; I just drive 20 minutes.

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Responded on April 15, 2019

Grazie Sir! We are so thankful for your warm words, and extremely happy to read that you loved our traditional food and welcoming service as well. We consider ourselves very lucky for having loyal,affectionate, supporting customers like you and your wife! We can't wait to serve you again, anytime soon. Have a great week, M

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PK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food. Everyone in our party said so more than once. Comments included great bolognese, best lasagne ever (so many layers), and the cioppino broth stayed warm the entire meal. Italian music and some Italian mints at the counter upon exiting, and maybe a dessert choice of a small Italian cookie assortment for those who can't have milk products, would be so nice. The staff and service was great!

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Responded on April 2, 2019

Grazie Pamela! We are so thankful for your warm words, and extremely happy to read that you loved our traditional food and welcoming service as well. Thank you for the suggestion, we really appreciated it :) Pamela, we can't wait to serve you again, anytime soon. Have a great week, M

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v
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Solid restaurant. I'd say the food is average, but desserts were spectacular. Nice service, good ambiance.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and service. Highly recommend.

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Responded on April 1, 2019

thank you so much for your 5 stars rating, it really means a lot to us! Have a wonderful week, M

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JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Be sure to ask one of the proprietors for their recommendation...you might be surprised but I've never been disappointed!

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Responded on March 30, 2019

Buongiorno Jeff! thank you so much for your 5 stars rating, it really means a lot to us! Have a wonderful saturday, M

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H
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food service was a bit slow. Strangely empty for a Friday lunch time.

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Responded on March 24, 2019

Ciao Hybrid, thank you so much for your positive rating, it really means a lot to us! It isn't strange that we are not busy for lunch :) usually people at lunch time prefer something quicker,less expensive and less formal. We have been open for 4 years now, and has always been this way for us. Dinner shift instead, Fri-Sat-Sun, we are always fully booked. About the service, I'm very sorry that it was a bit slow. We really hope to see you again anytime soon here at Vespucci

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time to Vespucci Ristorante and it felt like seeing old friends. The owners / team are so lovely and we will continue to go back to see them. It also helps that the food is delicious! Best lasagna ever, but honestly everything is great.

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Responded on March 22, 2019

Grazie Jennifer!!!! you are so sweet!!!! So happy to read that you enjoyed everything, from the food to the service :))) We can't wait to see you all again and again here at Vespucci! M

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L
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was so nice there! The food was delicious - we loved everything. Only thing missing was a bar (I'm a tequila girl and I forgot to see beforehand if they had a bar) but I did have some delicious wine.

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Responded on March 19, 2019

Grazie Lindy! We are so happy that you enjoyed our traditional food and our friendly service as well! We hope to serve you again, anytime soon. Have a great evening, Manuela

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JT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

When we first entered the restaurant the greeting was warm and inviting. The wait staff was friendly and very efficient with our table. Food outstanding the pasta was fresh and delightful to eat. I would highly recommend dinner and dessert. Owners are absolutely delightful and you can be sure this will become a regular for us.
John and Jeannie

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on March 19, 2019

John and Jeannie grazie! thank you for loving and supporting us! Can't wait to see you both anytime soon! Have a great evening, Manuela

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, traditional family run Italian restaurant. I go here every month when I visit Silicon Valley

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on March 15, 2019

thank you for loving and supporting us! We can't wait to see you again next month. Have a great week end, Manuela

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SO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this restaurant and it was perfect for a special occasion dinner!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on March 12, 2019

Grazie Susan! thank you for loving and supporting us! Can't wait to see you anytime soon! Have a great evening, Manuela

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another Family Dinner. Another exquisite dinner at Vespucci's. Manuela and Francesco greeted us like members of their own family. The warm, friendly atmosphere always sets the tone for a delicious, relaxing dinner experience. We have never been disappointed!! Delicious calamari, excellent pasta and chicken dishes with a perfectly selected Cabernet. Another perfect dining experience at Vespucci's. We cannot say enough about this intimate dining establishment and our gracious host and hostess. Our next visit cannot come soon enough!!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on March 14, 2019

what a lovely review! thank you so much for the kind and warm words you had for us. We are so happy to read that we were able to make you feel part of our family, thank you for saying that! You really made our day. We feel blessed and grateful to have supportive, loyal and affectionate people like you and your family in our lives! Have a great rest of the day, M

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S
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food, service, ambiance are all fine. Pastas are very good. Lunch prices are the same as their dinner menu, so it’s on the pricier side as a lunch choice.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on March 12, 2019

thank you so much for your positive rating, it really means a lot to us! Have a wonderful day, M

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends were taking us out for a farewell dinner, and we chose Vespucci based on the reviews. We were extremely pleased...from the welcoming staff, the excellent service, delicious food and very pleasant atmosphere, everything went perfectly. I was helped in figuring out which foods would be best with my limitations. A friend with difficulties was helped getting around. If we weren't leaving the area, this would be a definite repeat for us. Thank you!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on March 9, 2019

thank you so much for loving our traditional food and extremely friendly service! it was our pleasure to make sure that you enjoyed your meal and had a great time. We hope to see you again when you come back in the area! Have a great day, M

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RW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vespucci Ristorante is our go-to restaurant for quality food and first-class service. It’s a special place to visit for two and with friends.
The welcoming and hospitality is always a pleasure and much appreciated. Its an experience not to miss.

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Responded on March 5, 2019

Grazie Ron! thank you so much for you super warm and friendly review. We are so happy to read that you love our traditional food ad our welcoming environment! We can't wait to see you again, here at Vespucci. Have a great rest of the evening, M

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CM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vespucci Ristorante a hidden gem in downtown San Mateo. Excellent food, attentive service, sparkling Italian ambience, and charming host and hostess.

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Responded on March 7, 2019

Grazie Charles! thank you so much for your kind words, we are extremely happy to read that you appreciated our simple food, prepared with love, and our warm and friendly service. We can't wait to have you back, here at Vespucci, anytime soon. Have a great rest of the day, M

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant!

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Responded on March 3, 2019

thank you so much for your 5 stars rating, it really means a lot to us! We hope to serve you again anytime soon. Have a wonderful day, M

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EW
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Francesco, Manuela, and Chiro (sp?) created a wonderful atmosphere for me to take my sister (who was visiting from out of country) out to dinner.

I wish more restaurants had the type of welcoming atmosphere, delicious food, and pure love I feel whenever I visit Vespucci.

This is a special place in San Mateo.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on February 28, 2019

Eric we are overwhelmed by your sweet and kind words! thank you so much for appreciating what we do, you said it right, it comes from our hearts and we really enjoy to share our culture and hospitality through our food :))) I will pass along the compliments with our amazing kitchen crew and of course Ciro too :))) Grazie Eric, please hug the rest of the family for us!

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EC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was neat, service was great and very personal. Food was great as well.

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Responded on February 19, 2019

Grazie Erin!!! thank you so much for your kind words, we are so happy to read that you loved our warm service and our traditional food as well. We can't wait to see you again, anytime soon. Have a wonderful week, M

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good Italian Restaurant. The food was really tasty and the portions were generous.

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Responded on February 19, 2019

Grazie Maude! we are thrilled to read the you really enjoyed our cuisine, and I will share your compliments with our amazing kitchen crew. Can't wait to see you again anytime soon, here at Vespucci :) Have a great day, M

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R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vespucci is a family owned restaurant that provides a great atmosphere, amazing food, and friendly hospitality. We felt as if we were part of the family. Francesco and Manuela are friendly, down to earth people who welcomed us with open arms. We plan on returning here again.

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Responded on February 20, 2019

Rossana grazie! thank you for having amazing words for my husband and I. We feel so grateful and blessed to serve this amazing community and being supported by warm and adorable customers like you! We consider our privilege to welcome you with open arms. Can't wait to serve you again :))) Ci vediamo presto, M

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Owners are amazing, food is great.

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Responded on February 18, 2019

Grazie !!!! thank you so much for your 5 star rating, it really means a lot to us! Have a wonderful day, M

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DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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Responded on February 15, 2019

Grazie Dominic! thank you so much for your 5 stars rating, it really means a lot to us! Have a wonderful week end, M

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food on the Bay area. A true authentic Italian meal family run and just consistently excellent

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on February 14, 2019

Thank you so much for your continuous patronage and 5 stars rating! It is our pleasure and privilege to serve this community with dedication and devotion, we feel extremely blessed to be part of it. Have a wonderful day, M

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s
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely host and delicious food! We will be back soon!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on February 15, 2019

thank you so much for your warm words, we are extremely happy to read that you loved our traditional cuisine and warm service. We hope to serve you both again, anytime soon, have a great week end M

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DB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the food, delicious and the owners are both so warm and inviting!

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Responded on February 15, 2019

Grazie Diane! Thank you for sharing your such positive feedback with the OT community. We are so glad that you appreciated our food and enjoyed our friendly environment. We can't wait to serve you again anytime soon. M

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PK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and service!!! Will definitely go back and recommend to friends!

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Responded on February 10, 2019

Grazie Peter! thank you so much for your 5 stars rating, we are thrilled to read that you enjoyed our fresh cuisine and our warm service as well. We can't wait to serve you again, have a wonderful day, M

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CR
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the very best Italian food !

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Responded on February 5, 2019

Grazie Caroline! thank you for your support and continuous patronage, we feel blessed to have you and your lovely family in our lives. M

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the food and the personal
Attention to our table and especially our Nona( grandmother). Will definitely go again.
Grazie

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Responded on February 5, 2019

Grazie Maria! so happy to read that you and your adorable family loved the traditional food and warm service. We can't wait to serve you again anytime soon. Please, hug Nonna for me! M

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L
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Authentic and fresh. Simple delicious Italian food. Spinach raviolis were excellent. Perfectly cooked. Caprese salad was lightly dressed and aromatic

The desert vanilla gelato with expresso and cream was yummy.

Service was very good. Welcoming

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on February 2, 2019

Grazie Lucy! thank you so much for appreciating our authentic cuisine and warm service as well. We can't wait to serve you again anytime soon. Have a great week end M

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