Vespucci Ristorante Italiano

4.7
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Italian


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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San Francisco
181 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my sister’s birthday. We had a wonderful dinner, as always, with excellent service. The fettuccine brascilola and the special pasta of the day were favorites. The special chocolate cake for dessert rounded out a perfect evening.

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Responded 8 hours ago

thank you so much for showing your support and appreciation through such a great review! It really means a lot to us!!!!! Ci vediamo presto :)) see you soon M

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S
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is delicious & unique Italian. Owner is Chef & wife the Maitre Dei & both very friendly & engaging.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded 2 days ago

thank you so much for showing your support and appreciation Suzanne, it really means a lot to us!!!!! Ci vediamo presto :)) see you soon M

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and Manuela was a great host! We will definitely be back again. My entire family loved everything from the appetizer to the dessert.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on November 12, 2019

Grazie Diana! it was a pleasure to know you and your lovely family!!! thank you for loving our traditional food and warm service, your appreciation and support really means the world to us :) We can't wait to see you all anytime soon! M

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WW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second visit to Vespucci for my wife and I. The very nice couple from Italy that own the restaurant are very attentive and personable with every customer! The fresh made pasta is cooked to perfection! I recommend Vespucci for family dinning as well as date night.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on November 12, 2019

Thank you for the lovely words you had for Francesco and I and, of course, for loving our food. We are so fortunate for having loyal, supportive, affectionate customers like you and you adorable wife. We can't wait to see you both again anytime soon. M

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CR
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vespucchi is always consistently delicious. We look forward to going into this Italian paradise of a restaurant. We are always welcomed as family and welcomed in a warm environment. The flavors and dishes are authentic and plentiful.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on November 10, 2019

Caroline, thank you so much for showing your support and appreciation through such a great review! It really means a lot to us!!!!! Ci vediamo presto :)) see you soon M

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LG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service and ambiance were good but food can be much improved. The bread was cold. Had salmon carpaccio which was tasteless. I had the special of the day (homemade pasta with tomato sauce and pork jowl). The pasta was alright but the pork just tasted like fatty bacon. My friend had the seafood stew which was also alright. The soup was nice but fish was slightly over cooked. Tiramisu was good. Overall it was an alright meal, nothing to exclaim about.

R
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. I truly feel I am visiting Manuela and Francesco's home. They are the nicest people and love what they do. The food is spectacular. Whether it's date night, family dinner or business meeting I know we will have a great time, eat well and be treated like kings and queens. I just wish I could eat there more often!!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on November 6, 2019

Grazie Russ! Thank you for the lovely words you had for Francesco and I and, of course, for loving our food. We are so fortunate for having loyal, supportive, affectionate customers like you and you adorable family. We can't wait to see you all again anytime soon. M

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o
San Francisco
181 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an authentic Italian restaurant with delicious food. The salads are crisp and fresh, then entrees are substantial and tasty, and the specials are always a treat. The desserts, too, are very good,

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on November 8, 2019

thank you so much for showing your support and appreciation through such a great review! It really means a lot to us!!!!! Ci vediamo presto :)) see you soon M

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E
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Final date night at our favorite San Mateo restaurant with the kindest owners ever, Francesco and Manuela. We highly recommend their place and will miss our dinners here- it’s literally the only restaurant we always felt welcome bringing our girls to.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on November 5, 2019

Grazie Eric! we feel so fortunate for having loyal, supportive, affectionate customers like you and you adorable family! While we are sad of seeing you go, we are also excited for this new chapter of your life and we wish you and your family, all the best that this world could give. We will definitely miss you guys! M

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KO
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We, a party of six, had a stellar lunch last Saturday. The restaurant is beautiful, the owner so gracious and welcoming, the food absolutely delicious and the wine perfectly paired.
It was the first time I had been there. I will be back, hopefully to celebrate Vespucci's well-earned fifth anniversary in January 2020!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on October 30, 2019

Kathy, thank you so much for your lovely words! We are grateful and honored of receiving so much appreciation, love and support from you all! We can't wait to serve you again, anytime soon. M

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BC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always incredibly delicious, and Manuela and Francesco are so gracious and welcoming that it is always an excellent experience.

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Responded on October 28, 2019

Betsy, thank you so much for your lovely words! We are grateful and honored of receiving so much appreciation, love and support from you both! We can't wait to hug you both again, anytime soon. M

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LG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We chose this restaurant as we were looking for authentic Italian food. We found it to be a truly a hidden gem. We were greeted at the door by a very enthusiastic women (I think owner) and seated. When asked about any item on the menu, a full explanation of the dish was provided. The food was spot on and delicious and the service is superb. Additionally, the desert YUM!! I highly recommend this restaurant and will be returning.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on October 25, 2019

Laura thank you so much for your lovely words!! GRAZIE for appreciating the authenticity of our cuisine, for finding the time to share your feedback with the OT community and for your continuous patronage. I will definitely pass your compliments to our amazing kitchen staff, they will be happy to hear that! We can't wait to serve you and your husband again, anytime soon. Ci vediamo presto - see you soon, M

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C
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasant experience. We are greeted like family.

Food was delicious. I got the special breaded pork chop It was juicy and done just right.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on October 23, 2019

It's because our customers are our extended family (since our families are so far from us)!!!! thank you so much for showing your support and appreciation through such a great feedback! It really means a lot to us!!!!! Ci vediamo presto :)) see you soon M

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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family had another outstanding dinner at Vespucci's last Saturday night! Our dinner salads and entrees were perfectly prepared and presented. My special, the boneless short ribs on a bed of polenta was exquisite!! Vespucci's is truly the definition of a "Neighborhood Gem"!!!!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on October 19, 2019

thank you so much for your kind words, your continuous patronage and lovely support! We hope to serve you again anytime soon! Ci vediamo presto :)) see you soon M

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J
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place! And we love the owners, they're so sweet and very friendly. Food was good (as always) and we'll definitely be back. Thank you!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on October 14, 2019

Jenn,Grazie! thank you so much for your kind words, your continuous patronage and lovely support! We hope to serve you again anytime soon! Ci vediamo presto :)) see you soon M

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, excellent service what more can you ask for?

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on October 15, 2019

thank you so much for showing your support and appreciation through such a great feedback! It really means a lot to us!!!!! Ci vediamo presto :)) see you soon M

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KK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this restaurant is such an authentic unique restaurant. they cook southern Italian foods and the owners run the whole show from cooking to greeting you warmly when you enter. They remember me every time I come in and also remember what I order. They are gently encouraging me to try something new hahaha. I will next time for sure. Definitely, a great place to go with a date, friends or family!!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on October 7, 2019

Grazie Kim! Thank you so much for taking the time for sharing your experience with the OT community. We are thrilled to read that you loved your meal and the friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Yes, next time no more salmon :)))) We can't wait to serve you both again, anytime soon! Ci vediamo presto :)) see you soon M

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KH
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A meal at Vespucci is always a delight. The service is amazing, each person who helped us was so helpful and caring . Both of our meals were delicious. The lasagna is not to be missed.
Thank you for a lovely evening

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on September 29, 2019

Grazie Karen! thank you so much for continuous patronage and for showing your support and appreciation through such a great review! It really means a lot to us!!!!! Ci vediamo presto :)) see you soon M

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service as always!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on September 22, 2019

Grazie! Your support and continuous patronage means the world to us. Have a great Sunday, M

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R
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't know how they do it. Manuela and Francesco continue to improve the menu and the dining experience at Vespucci. You can tell they just LOVE what they are doing. They are so fun and happy. The food once again was fantastic. There were a couple new dishes that were amazing. I ended up stealing a bite of what everyone else was having. The food is fantastic and the service amazing. I truly feel it is only our table and we are eating in their house!! Whether its a business dinner or family celebration I can be confident everyone will be happy. I strongly recommend Vespucci Ristorante!!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on September 23, 2019

Grazie Russ! Your support and continuous patronage means the world to us. We consider ourselves very lucky to be surrounded by affectionate, supportive, loyal and sweet people like you and your family! We can't wait to see you all again, anytime soon! M

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o
San Francisco
181 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants; the hosts/owners are so friendly and welcoming, and it's never a disappointment trying a new dish. The arugula salad is one of my favorites, simple yet very satisfying with peas, asparagus, goat cheese and a lemon vinaigrette. All of the pastas are tasty, my husband likes the pasta alla Carbonara. I could go on and on, as we have tried many main course entrees, too. Salmon and Petrale Sole are cooked perfectly as are all of the meat dishes. The wine list is very nice and reasonably priced. We hope to return real soon!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on September 18, 2019

thank you so much for sharing your love and appreciation for us with the entire OT community! Your support and continuous patronage means the world to us. We can't wait to see you again soon! M

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CR
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the most authentic Italian food in the Bay Area. This restaurant always feel like entering a warm home. There’s no other restaurant like this one.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on September 17, 2019

Grazie Caroline, thank you so much for sharing your love and appreciation for us with the entire OT community! Your support and continuous patronage means the world to us. We can't wait to see you again soon! M

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L
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and atmosphere. The staff was attentive and friendly. The game hen was very tasty and seasoned well, but the portion of meat was small. Others had pasta and the portions were large portion. Nice place to dine.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on September 17, 2019

Grazie!!! thank you so much for showing your support and appreciation through such a great feedback! It really means a lot to us!!!!! Ci vediamo presto :)) see you soon M

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HS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love coming to Vespucci! Tonight we came to celebrate our anniversary. Manuela and Francesco are always warm and welcoming. The food was outstanding as always. The lasagna is the best we've ever had and it never disappoints. I tried the baked Cornish game hen for the first time. Excellent flavors with the fennel and coriander seeds. Also tried their pesto gnocchi which was like eating light fluffy clouds. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary and we look forward to our next visit!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on September 11, 2019

Grazie Heidi!!!! thank you for having chosen us for celebrating your anniversary! We are so grateful for your continuous patronage and support, it really means a lot to us. We can't wait to serve you all again, anytime soon. Ci vediamo presto - see you soon, M

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to this restaurant, both for the excellent food and also for the ambiance and service. We are always very warmly welcomed and treated like family (unlike many other higher-end restaurants, it never feels snooty or pretentious). The owners are so friendly and kind. They also clearly put a lot of care and effort into every dish they serve, and it shows! As a vegetarian, I also appreciate that they have several delicious veggie options. This will continue to be our go-to restaurant anytime we are celebrating a special occasion or just feel like having a delicious meal out!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on September 11, 2019

Grazie Hannah, We are thrilled to read that you enjoyed our traditional food and the relaxed and friendly atmosphere as well. We are so grateful for your continuous patronage and support, it really means a lot to us. We can't wait to serve you both again, anytime soon. Ci vediamo presto - see you soon, M

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V
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Vespuccii is an experience as close to dining in southern Italy as possible!
The ambiance is “italy” , never rushed, the food is just like an Italian Nona’s . It was a great Anniversary dinner.
VinceZ

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on September 11, 2019

Signor Vincenzo, thank you for having chosen us for celebrating your anniversary! We are so grateful for your continuous patronage and support, it really means a lot to us. We can't wait to serve you all again, anytime soon. Ci vediamo presto - see you soon, M

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L
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots in San Mateo. Delicious food, great service. Definitely try it out if you haven’t been ther, and return if you have!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on September 7, 2019

Grazie Lisa! thank you for your continuous patronage and support, it really means a lot to us. We can't wait to serve you both again, anytime soon. Ci vediamo presto - see you soon, M

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved it all..!!! 👍👍👍

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on September 17, 2019

Thank you for sharing your appreciation for us, with OT community. We can't wait to serve you again, anytime soon. Have a great week, M

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VM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I and 2 guests were pleasantly surprised once again ... there is no substitute for knowing regardless of what food is ordered we are always pleasantly surprised by its quality, preparation and service. A great, great dining or lunch experience is Vespucci. Vince M.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on September 3, 2019

Signor Vincenzo, thank you so much for your continuous patronage and for appreciating our traditional food. Your 5 stars review really means a lot to us! We can't wait to serve you again anytime soon. Ci vediamo presto :)

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e
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

As time goes by it gets noisier and noisier. Last week the spaghetti bolognese was bland to my taste. The Lasagna was sent back by my wife who found it not edible. Service was OK and the hostess/owner was friendlier and kind.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on September 7, 2019

I’m very sorry to read that! Of your 4 visits at the restaurant,3 are always been on a Saturday at 6:16 and 6:30(the most busiest DAY and TIME of the week). We’re sorry that your wife didn’t like the lasagna,we brought back to kitchen and removed from your check. Lasagna is one of the best selling items of the entire menu, I guess it’s a personal taste, and we respect it, but the adjective “inedible” is just very painful to read. We hope to see you again soon here at Vespucci, Manuela

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J
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience, from the time we walked in the restaurant. We were greeted with a smile and welcomed like a family member. Both our dishes were delicious. My filet was cooked to perfection and my wife’s pasta was perfect. Highly recommend

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on September 3, 2019

Ciao Jedd, grazie! it really makes us so happy to hear that you both loved your meal, I'll make sure to pass your kind compliments to our amazing kitchen crew. We can't tell you enough how much we appreciate your positive feedback! Waiting to serve you again anytime soon. A presto-see you soon :) M

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C
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to be there.
The owners are a delight, and the authentic Recipes never disappoint from the lasagna to the tiramisu.
Wonderful for a special occasions too.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on August 28, 2019

grazie Canada!!!!! thank you so much for your continuous patronage and for appreciating our traditional food. Your 5 stars review really means a lot to us! We can't wait to serve you again anytime soon. Have a great rest of the week end, M

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HV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

superb authentic Italian Restaurant with the BEST LASAGNA in the SF Bay Area!!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on August 26, 2019

Mr.V, it really makes us so happy to hear that you loved your meal, especially the lasagna! We can't tell you enough how much we appreciate your positive feedback! We can't wait to serve you again anytime soon. Have a great week, M

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CB
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very well done. Super nice owners and staff. First class food and wine presentation. Nice ambience.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on August 24, 2019

Grazie Chuck, your appreciation and support really means a lot to us. We can't wait to have you back again, anytime soon. Have a great rest of the week end, M

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HH
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was looking for great classic Italian food and I found it here! Wonderful Bolognese and their staff is amazing.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on August 24, 2019

grazie !!!!! thank you for appreciating our traditional food and relaxing atmosphere. Your 5 stars review really means a lot to us! We can't wait to serve you again anytime soon. Have a great rest of the week end, M

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FI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday of a friend

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on August 24, 2019

Dear customer, grazie! thank you so much for showing your support and appreciation through such a great feedback! It really means a lot to us!!!!! Ci vediamo presto :)) see you soon M

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VM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are searching for authentic Italian food in an artfully designed/adorned and very comfortable setting, search no more. Vespucci, Amerigo that is, was a new world discoverer and owner Francesco and wife have made this Vespucci and old world culinary treat. Superb in all ways, we'll go back. Vince Macri

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on August 19, 2019

Grazie Signor Vincenzo! we are so happy to read that you loved your meal and enjoyed the environment. We can't tell you enough how much we appreciate your positive feedback! We can't wait to serve you and your lovely wife, again anytime soon. Have a great Sunday, M

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LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal! Arugula salad and Burrata cheese mozzarella appetizer were excellent starters. Main dishes were the carbonara and fusilli alla genovese, both were extremely tasty and authenticly Italian. Dessert was Torta della Nona (Grandma's cake) that was lovely and light to finish our evening. Staff was exceptionally friendly and very attentive. Will go back again for sure!!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on August 19, 2019

Grazie Lynn! Thank you for taking the time to share such a detailed review about the food you ordered and how much you love it! Your appreciation and support really means a lot to us. We can't wait to have you back again, anytime soon. Have a great Sunday, M

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J
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vespucci Ristorante was delicious! The owners were kind and welcoming. We loved our experience!

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on August 17, 2019

grazie Rossana!!!!! thank you for appreciating our traditional food and relaxing atmosphere. Your 5 stars review really means a lot to us! We can't wait to serve you again anytime soon. Have a great Saturday, M

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment a co-worker and I entered the restaurant we were warmly and graciously welcomed and then immediately taken to our table. The owners Manuela and Francisco, native Italians, have created a little slice of Italy in downtown San Mateo. Vespucci is not your average Italian restaurant. The word to best describe the food is authentic Italian, therefore, wonderful and delicious. The salmon was the best I've ever had, great seasoning and moist, but not under cooked or dried out. The spaghetti alla carbonara was made the Italian way without cream and with guanciale. The salads were expertly prepared. There are many pastas on the menu, some homemade, and others dry. Manuela told me that they only use the Rummo brand of dry pasta, which is still made in Italy with the finest durum wheat semolina in the traditional way. She said she goes out of her way to make sure only imported Italian ingredients are used. This place needs to be better known. I give it my highest recommendation.

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano
Responded on August 15, 2019

Grazie! thank you for the kind words you had for Francesco and I! We are happy to hear that you and your coworker, enjoyed your dinner at Vespucci. I'll make sure to pass your compliments to our amazing kitchen crew as well. We can't wait to welcome you back anytime soon.

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