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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.
Buon Appetito,
Francesco and Manuela

147 E. 3rd Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94401
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Friday and Saturday : 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner Tuesday - Sunday : 5:00pm - 09.30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 685-6151

Website:
http://www.vespucciristorante.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Vespucci Ristorante Italiano Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (23)
Authentic (21)
Good for a Date (20)
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Special Occasion (19)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Romantic (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Business Meals (10)
Cozy (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Casual (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
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Organic (2)
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Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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Great Beer (1)
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People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 3 days ago

Good food, great selection, friendly, sincere management. Wine was overpriced.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was excellent but the service was disappointing. Long periods of sitting after finishing a course with no one coming to the table. Had to raise my hand to get noticed. They seemed more interested in chatting with each other in the back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Loved this restaurant. Wonderful and delicious food, beautiful atmosphere and fabulous and warm owners who want to make sure you have a great experience and are well fed. What a gem

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It is my favorite Italian Restaurant in San Mateo.Delicious food .

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Warm and inviting from the moment you step into the restaurant. The food reminded me of the great meals I ate at my grandmother's and mother's tables. Portion sizes are ample. The service is discrete but present. Wine list is good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

As always a pleasant experience. Great food , wonderful presentation and very authentic.last weeks special ravioli pumpkin was amazing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Menu options were varied and plentiful. Food arrived partly cold on my plate. Service person was nice and polite and friendly but slow to take our orders. None of our party of 7 was very impressed with food quality. It was fine but nothing great.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Food is absolutely outstanding. Best Italian restaurant around. Manuela and Francesco are the owners and do an outstanding job of providing a first class dinning experience for patrons.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent food, incredible service. A gem of a restaurant!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This was our first visit & the owners were so friendly & welcoming. The food was really good & the portions generous. We left happy!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

great food, great place to have a quiet conversation

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Vespucci is one of our favorite restaurants. Francesco and Manuela create delicious meals and warm hospitality that make you feel as if you are having dinner at your best friend's home...a friend who also happens to be a great chef!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great experience! Met Owner very personable. Truly Authentic!

Tags: Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fun, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Amazing meal at what we felt was under priced. Although the restaurant is small, the tables were far enough apart to enjoy a personal conversation. The owner checked on her several times and shook our hands when we left.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Nice family business husband and wife true southern Italy nicely looking menu and great quality food . The Chianti reserva tasted great with the pasta and bolognese.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent place. The food was fabulous and the waiter was very pleasant and handsome.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

the is the best Italian food on the Peninsula. Period. I challenge anyone to come up with a better Italian food in the entire bay area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Consistently good authentic Italian. Always recommended.

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

Friendly service. Decent food. Great neighborhood Place.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Very glad we found Vespucci. Excellent food and service provided by the owners who are very involved in providing a quality experience. We enjoyed the rack of lamb and veal marsala, both excellent. Prices also were very reasonable with a good selection of wines.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The pride of the owners in the the culinary traditions of their respective families, is evident. The homeade pasta with pork sausage was incredibly delicious. The fish filet picata was light, fresh and aromatic.
Dessert is a must, with one of the best Tiaramisu recipes I have yet tasted...

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Very traditional Italian food prepared to perfection based on family recipes from Manuela 's and Francesco's home in the southern Italian region of Calabria. The spectacular food is only topped by the couples hospitality. Whether you are a regular or there for the first time, Manuela and Francesco make you feel at home and part of the Family. I highly recommend the pasta dishes. All the sauces are made with fresh ingredients in traditional Italian fashion. My favorites are the Vongole, Puttanesca and Bolognese but all of them are worth trying. I highly recommend the Salmon Carpaccio and the Caprese Salad as starters. My friends have also raved about the Scaloppine Di Vitello and the Gnocchi Gorgonzola! You should definitely try it, I'll promise you will fall in love with this little gem in San Mateo! Grazie Mille!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

After lunch on Saturday, I reluctantly leave this review because the restaurant currently is such a wonderful spot that I don't want a lot of people to "discover" it and ruin a good thing! Classic Italian food. A waiter who was professional, unobtrusive, and never made us feel rushed. A quiet space enabling easy conversation!!! Great people watching from window-side tables. One small criticism -- what's up with the tomato based sauce for the bread (instead of butter or olive oil)?

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Manuela and Francesco invite you into their restaurant as if it were their home. The food is delectable, the service is attentive, and you only wish your stomach were larger so you could eat more!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Wonderful food and friendly atmosphere! The restaurant is beautifully decorated.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 14, 2017

A great find. More than worth the Uber trip from an airport hotel. Francesco and Manuela, the owners are the front of the house. They are friendly and engaging. They take pride in their food. The cuisine is authentic southern Italian like your Nonna used to make. Authentic pastas and sauces with fresh seafood featured. Great calamari, I had the scallopine di vitello and my wife had the seafood risotto. Both were excellent. Sorry I can't give 6 or 7 stars.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

One of the best parts of a visit to Vespucci is how welcome one feels. The food is magnificent, but the service...perfetto!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Have been here several times before but this time the food was overall below what was encountered on previous visits. Felt like we were eating leftovers. Chicken Calabria dish was extremely dry as thighs should have been moist and tender and were presented with potatoes that were burnt looking and tasting like "leftovers". There were only two other couples in the restaurant when we left at the prime dinner hour. Although Francrsco and Manuela the H&W owners, are friendly it appeared they and one other staff person were only ones available in dinning room. This restaurant is in a very competitive dinning area and may be short lived if quality of food isn't upgraded. Several other restaurants in area at same time appeared bustling. Just my opinion as I am Italian and have Italian food and cook it myself with regularity. Have had tastier food for far less than the $280 bill (food/wine/tax/and generous 20% tip). May not go back. Will wait a year to see if reviews are like mine. They could have had a bad night but my feeling is not good.....

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great food with lovely welcoming owners! Always a pleasure.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The service here is warm and from the heart - when you dine here, you feel like you're having dinner at a dear friend's home, and they are genuinely happy to welcome you. The food is fresh and delicious; nice portion sizes and authentic dishes. This is our go-to spot for date night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2017

What a wonderful find! We cannot wait to return and try some of the other dishes on the menu. The owners are absolutely charming, making sure that we were well taken care of, and that we were happy with our food. There were three of us, and we all started with the caprese salad- generous slices of tomato and mozzarella, and the basil oil remaining was sopped up with the bread for the table. We had the chicken dish (highly recommend it-generous portion and excellently seasoned), veal scallopine (so hard to find it nowadays) and gnocchi with a creamy pesto sauce (sauce was excellent and the gnocchi was light but with a slight chew). For dessert I got the panna cotta-another excellent choice. A perfect light ending to a great meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

great overall restaurant. food was good/staff were attentive/owners wife greeted you and spoke with you during the course of the meal. Just a wonderful experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The food was authentic and delicious. Proprietors provide amazing service in a welcoming atmosphere. We'll be back!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals, Casual, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The food was delicious, the service warm and friendly- I loved it!

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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