Good Value for Money Restaurant in San Mateo County?
Piacere in San Carlos or Mistral in Redwood Shores are good and not overly expensive. But they aren't exactly a bargain. It's been 18 months since I moved into San Francisco (how short memory is); I used to like Ciao Amore at 788 Laurel St in San Carlos, although I wouldn't say that it qualifies as a Chowhound kind of place. Southern Italian comfort food, fun staff and people, spills out on to the street at night.
First, fyi, Caio Amore was closed by the IRS.
I wouldn't call Piacere a budget place. It has good food and service but a bit pricey. One of my old standbys is Olivio's (Italian) on El Camino in Belmont. It is homey and personal and has very good pasta. You can get a main course for under $20. For a caloric and budget splurge, put in your dessert souffle order when you order your dinner.
Very recent discovery on Burlingame Ave. - Sapore Italiano which is fabulous from the bread to the dessert. Especially recommend the prawn entree and the semi-fredi dessert. It is up the street from Copenhagen which has partial week dinner service which I hear is quite good.
Let us know where you end up and how you liked it.