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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
Manuela And Francesco always make our dining experience an enjoyable one. They offer quite a few selections on gluten and dairy free meals. I would highly recommend this restaurant to my family and friends. Looking forward to many more dining experiences here in the near future!
I had been wanting to try this restaurant for a long time, my husband and I finally went and what a treat it was! First we were greeted by Manuela, who was so much fun to talk to, gave us a run down of the menu and her recommendations. Then Francesco came over and chatted with us, such a personal touch, I love that! The restaurant is beautiful and the food is outstanding. My husband had the filet of sole with a tomato risotto which was incredible. I had the special of the evening which was an orecchiette with a lamb ragu which was outstanding. All their pasta is homemade which is another plus. We had to try dessert , my husband had the affogato and I had the cannolis both of which were excellent. I can’t wait to go back and bring my friends!
The food is always good at Vespucci. Manuela and Francesco are warm and welcoming hosts and make this restaurant a friendly and enjoyable place to dine. The food is authentic Italian and the couple ensure that ingredients are fresh and dishes are prepared properly. We go there often with friends...usually a party of 4 or 6...and have never been disappointed. It's one of our favorite restaurants and I recommend it highly.
It is always a pleasure to go to Vespucci and see owners Manuela and Francesco. Our Friday night dinner was one of the best we’ve had in our many times there - the black ink pasta with seafood with every part of the dish prepared perfectly. We also enjoyed the Nutella puff pastry dessert which was incredible. There is no better authentic Italian in San Mateo!
This is a true Italian Restaurant with actual Italian speaking waiters. The owner is very pleasant and ensures that the dining experience is what you would expect. Service was great. We started with the Brushetta and Calamari Fritti which were both great appetizers. and then we each ordered something different: Gnocchi Gorgonzola, Eggplant Parmesan and the sole. We each enjoyed our meal. This was the first time visiting this restaurant and it won't be the last. It's an excellent find for a local San Mateo restaurant.
The owners and staff at Vespucci are warm and welcoming, they make you feel as though you’re being welcomed to their home. On a previous visit, one of the owners shared her story and told us about the origin of the recipes and dishes they serve, making our dining experience feel personal. We’ve enjoyed every meal we’ve had, pastas, veal, appetizers like the caprese or even a simple salad, and the desserts are divine. The food is beautifully presented and lovingly prepared. I recommend the bolognese and suggest leaving room for the tiramisu. It’s our go-to place for a lovely meal.
We've been here for 3 different occasions with 3 generations and everybody enjoys it. Beautiful scenery with nice music and the food is simply delicious and tasty. The staff is very respectful and really nice. If you go there, you are sure to have a good if not an excellent time.
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.
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