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About Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Welcome to Vespucci Ristorante Italiano, 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.
Along with the freshest produces, meats and seafood, many of the traditional Italian ingredients used on our menu are proudly imported from Italy. It is our pleasure to recreate for you the authentic flavors of our Country.
We truly wish you an enjoyable dining experience here in the Culture of Vespucci.
Francesco and Manuela
San Mateo, CA 94401
Italian, Contemporary Italian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Friday and Saturday : 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner Tuesday - Sunday : 5:00pm - 09.30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Vespucci Ristorante Italiano Ratings and Reviews
Francesco and Manuela are superb hosts at this tucked away gem. Their story and the attention to food preparation, service and the non-rushed atmosphere has made this a restaurant I have no problem recommending. Enjoying your time with your dinner companion(s) is made even better with this calm and easy service. Each plate is a delight and the flavors are phenomenal. Take some time and relax one evening in a little corner of Italy in the heart of San Mateo. Buon appetito!
When I entered Vespucci I felt like I was back in Italy. Francesco and Manuela make you feel like you are part of their family. They are passionate and committed to a true Italian experience. The Fettuccine Alla Boscaiola and the rack of lamb were incredible. The chocolate cake was decadent and delicious. This was my first time at Vespucci and it blew me away! I will be back.
This restaurant never disappoints.
Food is always on point. Fresh & light flavors, full of the big, bold tastes you’d expect from a real Italian restaurant. The wine list is very reasonably priced with a great selection of flavors whatever your meal choices.
Authentic and homemade Italian specialties, all deliciously prepared. Service was excellent. The eggplant parm was among the best I've ever had. Decent selection of wine to accompany the Italian food, but no California wine. Cannoli's for dessert topped a great experience.
Vespucci is owned and operated by a husband and wife team who, both, are out front assuring fine friendly service. They feature recipes from Italy that add flavor and interest. The chicken and roasted potatoes is an example. It was cooked to perfection and gently herbed. Salads are tasty and colorful.
We enjoyed our visit last Sunday evening. Had the Caesar salad and the arugula salad; both were nicely dressed anchovies with the Caesar & a light refreshing dressing on the arugula. Our entrees were the veal scallopini and the lamb. Again, both were delicious and well presented. The owners are extremely welcoming and the unique artwork complements the interior. Definitely plan to return.
The food, the best Italian I've ever had! Portions were perfect. The price was what you'd expect, no surprise there. Service was impeccable. Being a small restaurant the noise level was a bit elevated, and the tables-for-two were a bit small, however, no smaller than at any other small restaurant and I didn't feel cramped.
Over all this is the best place to go if you want great Italian food, accompanied by great service.
YES! we will absolutely be back!
Charming, authentic modern Italian decor. Very friendly service. Excellent food. The gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce was perfect--not over sauced and with just the right note on the toasted pine nuts. The arugula salad with asparagus was also excellent--lightly blanched, peeled asparagus pieces added the right amount of crunch. Chianti was delicious!
Our third trip here, we brought along a friend (his first time) who was very impressed. Authentic Italian, everything is splendid. Special was a pork filet tenderloin-Wow!. Lamb chops were extra and the scallopini is always perfect. Enjoyed two of the chocolate desserts. Owners are personable and give each table consistent attention.
It is everything we expect from an Italian restaurant. The decor was tasteful and the restaurant is very clean. The food was very good. We order the Caesar salad, Calamari Fritti, PETRALE SOLE PICCATA, SALMON STUFFED WITH CRAB MEAT AND MUSHROOMS, SPAGHETTI ALLE VONGOLE. Everything was excellent. The owners were warm and welcoming. We really enjoyed our dinner experience at Vespucci.
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